While the crowds flock to the National Gallery's Leonardo show in London, those outside the capital will also have a rare chance to see the artist's drawings.
As part of its celebrations of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Collection is sending ten of them on a year-long tour to five regional museums. The drawings have been selected to show the full range of Leonardo's interests " painting, sculpture, engineering, botany and anatomy.Some of them were carried out while Leonardo was court artist to Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan: designs for chariots and war weapons and a study for an equestrian monument of the Duke. In contrast, a masquerader on horseback was made when he was working for the young King Francis I of France. But there are also more private works " a minutely detailed study of oak leaves, for example, and a rough study of an old bearded man in profile.The exhibition opens in Birmingham, and continues its progress to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Ulster Museum in Belfast, The McManus in Dundee and Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, before ending its circuit in January 2013.