Leonardo da Vinci:

A Life in Drawing
1 February – 6 May 2019

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About this exhibition

The Walker Art Gallery will host an exhibition of 12 Leonardo da Vinci drawings to mark the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master's death, exploring the diversity of subjects that inspired his creativity, including painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany. 

The free exhibition will also present new information about Leonardo's working practices and creative process, gathered through scientific research using a range of non-invasive techniques including ultraviolet imaging, infrared reflectography and X-ray fluorescence. 

The exhibition will be held as part of a nationwide event organised by Royal Collection Trust, in which 144 of Leonardo's greatest drawings in the Royal Collection will go on display in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the nation, giving the widest-ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary artist. 

Following the exhibitions at Royal Collection Trust's partner venues, in May 2019 the drawings will be brought together to form part of an exhibition of over 200 sheets at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, the largest exhibition of Leonardo's work in over 65 years.

Leonardo da Vinci, The head of Leda, c.1505-8. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018 

Free sessions for schools

Are you teaching National Curriculum key stage 2 Art & Design? Are your pupils learning about the ‘Great Artists’? If so then National Museums Liverpool has a treat for you and your class! Our free school session in conjunction with Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing includes a 30 minute performance interpreting the life and works of Leonardo to our young audience, followed by a 30 minute workshop where the pupils explore their talents for inventing. Each pupil will take away their own sketch book, with ideas and sketches which can be developed further in class.

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"Leonardo da Vinci is undoubtedly one of the most renowned and influential artists in history, having left a major impact within the disciples of both art and science."
Xanthe Brooke, Curator of European Fine Art, National Museums Liverpool

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