To mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 144 of the Renaissance master's greatest drawings in the Royal Collection will go on display in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, a nationwide event, will give the widest-ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary artist. 12 drawings selected to reflect the full range of Leonardo's interests – painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany – will be shown at 12 venues across the country.

The drawings have been together as a group since the artist's death, entering the Royal Collection during the reign of Charles II, and provide an unparalleled insight into Leonardo's investigations and the workings of his mind. Leonardo firmly believed that visual evidence was more persuasive than academic argument, and that an image conveyed knowledge more accurately and concisely than any words.

The exhibitions will include examples of all the drawing materials employed by the artist, including pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metalpoint. They will also present new information about Leonardo's working practices and creative process, gathered through scientific research using a range of non-invasive techniques, including ultraviolet imaging, infrared reflectography and X-ray fluorescence.

Drawings on display in Birmingham will include Head of an Old Bearded Man (c1517-18), and A Map of the Valdichiana (c1503-4). Exhibitions will also be held in Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Sunderland, and Southampton. In the summer of 2019 all these drawings will be brought together in a single exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery in London, followed by a selection of these works at The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh in the winter of 2019-20.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 3DH

0121 348 8000

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Monday - Thursday: 10:00 - 17:00

Friday: 10:30 - 17:30

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

Free to all

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Valid to 31 December 2019

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