Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection
13 February – 24 April 2016
Revealing how Leonardo used drawing to record and understand the world around him.
Drawing was Leonardo’s preferred form of expression; he maintained that an image transmitted knowledge more accurately than words. His notebooks were filled with sketches of beasts, bodies, dissections, botanical studies, rock formations, whirlpools, flying machines and architecture.
Around 600 of these are held in the Royal Collection, of which 10 highlights have been chosen for a national tour during 2016. The selection – being shown first at the Laing in Newcastle – reflects the polymathic nature of the great Renaissance man.
Included in the display is one of the deluge drawings he made drawing a period of pessimism in his later life. Leonardo’s mood at an all-time low, he became obsessed with the idea of a mighty flood destroying the earth. He would sketch scenes of vast cloud bursts destroying mountains and sweeping away cities, not for a larger painting but simply for his own satisfaction.