Where to see Leonardo da Vinci's drawings

Published 18 February 2019

To mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 144 of his drawings are currently on display at museums and galleries across the UK. Here's where to see them.

The nationwide event Leonardo: A Life in 12 Drawings sees 12 museums and galleries across the UK each display 12 different drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection Trust.

Here's the full list of participating venues where you can see drawings by Leonardo – including the works pictured above.

All exhibitions run 1 February to 6 May.

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, includes The drapery of a kneeling figure, c1491-94. £2.50, 10% off in shop with National Art Pass

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, includes Studies of a horse, c1490. Free to all

Leeds Art Gallery, includes The skull sectioned, 1489. Free to all, 10% off in shop with National Art Pass

Manchester Art Gallery, includes Sketches of a woman, bust length, c1490. Free to all, 10% off in shop with National Art Pass

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, includes The rivers and mountains of central Italy, c1502-04. Free to all, 10% off in shop with National Art Pass

Derby Museum and Art Gallery, includes Neptune, c1504-05. Free to all

Southampton City Art Gallery, includes A branch of blackberry, c1506-12. Free to all, 10% off in shop with National Art Pass

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, includes A storm over a valley, c1506-10. £5, 10% off in shop with National Art Pass

Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, includes The bust of a man, c1510. Free to all, 10% off in shop with National Art Pass

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, includes The bones, muscles and tendons of the hand, c1510-11. Free to all, 10% off in café with National Art Pass

Ulster Museum, Belfast, includes The head of St Anne, c1510-15. Free to all

National Museum Cardiff, includes A masquerader as a lansquenet, c1517-18. £5, 10% off in shop, café and restaurant with National Art Pass


Read the full feature in the winter 2018 issue of Art Quarterly, where curator Martin Clayton, head of prints and drawings at the Royal Collection Trust, charts Leonardo da Vinci's life through the 12 drawings featured above.

All images courtesy Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

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