Greatest work of Leonardo on display

Twelve of the greatest works by artist Leonardo da Vinci are on display in the National Museum Cardiff, in 2019 as part of a UK wide exhibition of drawings across a number of venues. The exhibition named as Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, will give the widest-ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary artist.

The drawings – 12 in total, selected to reflect the full range of Leonardo’s interests – painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany – will be shown in Cardiff as well as in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Sunderland, with a further venue to be announced.

In his entire life he painted only 20 paintings. Apart from being an artist, he was respected as a sculptor and architect, but no sculpture or buildings by him survive. He was also a military and civil engineer and an anatomist and dissected 30 human corpses, but his ground-breaking anatomical work was never published.

The head of Bartholomew, credit by CNP

He also planned treatises on painting, water, mechanics, the growth of plants and many other subjects, but none was ever finished. As so much of his life’s work was unrealised or destroyed, Leonardo’s greatest achievements are to be found on sheets of paper.
The drawings in the Royal Collection have been together as a group since the artist’s death 500 years ago, and provide an unparalleled insight into Leonardo’s investigations and the workings of his mind.

Caricture of bald fat man, credit by CNP

The exhibitions Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing will include examples of all the drawing materials employed by the artist, including pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metal point. Leonardo used ink made from oak galls and iron salts, which is transparent in infrared light, allowing his black chalk underdrawing to be seen for the first time.

The last exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci works at National Museum Cardiff was on display in 2007.

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