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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.

Laing Art Gallery

New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE1 8AG

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Mon-Sat 10am-4.30pm

Closed Sundays and bank holidays

Fewer people will be admitted (timeslots / we may ask you to queue)

Please follow the government’s social distancing guidance and we ask that you follow the one-way route around the venue

Some spaces in our venue may be closed, until it is safe to open them.

We’ve increased cleaning and recommend you use the hand sanitiser stations around the gallery.

Our staff and volunteers are on hand to help you adjust to the new way of visiting.

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