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Marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Collection Trust, discusses the commemorative exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, which presents more than 200 of the Renaissance master’s drawings. The medium of drawing served as Leonardo’s laboratory, allowing him to work out his ideas on paper and search for the universal laws that he believed underpinned all of creation. His drawings in the Royal Collection have been together as a group since the artist’s death in 1519. Acquired during the reign of Charles II, they provide an unparalleled insight into the workings of his mind and the breadth of his interests.

Disabled access is via a ramp. Please advise in advance if assistance needed. Entry to the Queen’s Gallery exhibition is not included in this ticket; early booking of exhibition tickets is strongly recommended.

The Society of Antiquaries


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