Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) practised as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, costume designer, anatomist, botanist, map-maker and much more. The activity that unified these interests was drawing. Leonardo drew to develop his artistic and engineering projects, to record his perceptions of the world around him, to explore his own imagination and to think.
The Royal Collection holds by far the most important group of Leonardo’s drawings: more than 500 sheets that have been together since the artist’s death in 1519 and which are among the most diverse and technically accomplished in the entire history of art.
To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death in 2019, selections of these drawings will be displayed simultaneously at 12 venues across the United Kingdom, followed by major exhibitions at The Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh. This publication includes all 200 of the drawings to be shown at each of these venues, and provides an authoritative survey of the richness of Leonardo’s drawings in the Royal Collection.
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