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Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection
Nottingham Castle will host an exhibition featuring 10 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection.
The drawings will travel to four museums and galleries across the United Kingdom and Ireland in a new exhibition, visiting Nottingham from Saturday 30 July – Sunday 9 October 2016.
The works have been selected to show the extraordinary scope of the artist's interests, from painting and sculpture to engineering, zoology, botany, mapmaking and anatomy, as well as his use of different media – pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metalpoint. This is the fifth touring exhibition of Leonardo drawings from the Royal Collection since 2002. Over three quarters of a million people have now seen one of these shows in 16 venues around the UK, from Aberdeen to Truro.
Through drawing, Leonardo attempted to record and understand the world around him. He maintained that an image transmitted knowledge more accurately and concisely than any words. Nonetheless, many of his drawings are extensively annotated, including the sheet of Studies for casting the equestrian monument to Francesco Sforza, c.1492–4, and the double-sided page from a notebook of anatomical studies, The heart compared to a seed and The vessels of the liver, spleen and kidneys, c.1508. Leonardo was left-handed and throughout his life he wrote in perfect mirror-image, from right to left. Rather than an attempt to keep his investigations secret, as has been claimed, this was probably a childhood trick that he never abandoned.
There are almost 600 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci in the Royal Collection. They were originally bound into a single album, which was probably acquired in the 17th century by Charles II. Beyond the 20 or so surviving paintings by Leonardo, the artist's drawings are the main source of our knowledge of this extraordinary Renaissance man and his many activities.
Nottingham Castle is open every day from 10am - 5pm (last entry 4pm) during the peak season (March - November)
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