Queen’s Gallery, Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh: Leonardo da Vinci – A Life in Drawing

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) The head of Leda c.1505-8 Black chalk, pen and ink on paper Copyright The Royal Collection Trust

22nd November – 15th March 2020

Marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci – A Life in Drawing brings together eighty of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection, forming the largest group of his works ever shown in Scotland.

The drawings by Leonardo in the Royal Collection have been together as a group since the artist’s death in 1519. Acquired during the reign of Charles II, they provide an unparalleled insight into the workings of Leonardo’s mind and reflect the full range of his interests, including painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany.

The Queen’s Gallery,
Palace of Holyroodhouse,
The Royal Mile,
Edinburgh EH8 8DX

Image: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) The head of Leda c.1505-8 Black chalk, pen and ink on paper. Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

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