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Exhibition: Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

National Museum Cardiff
1 February–6 May 2019
Cost £5 adults / £4 concessions / 16 years & under: Free
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Leonardo da Vinci, A Standing Male Nude, c.1504-6 RCIN 912596, Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Leonardo da Vinci, A  Deluge, c.1517-18 RCIN 912380, Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, we will be displaying twelve of his greatest drawings as part of #Leonardo500 – a national celebration of this extraordinary artist.

The drawings are from the Royal Collection which contains the world’s finest collection of Leonardo’s works.

In February 2019, a total of 144 of Leonardo’s exquisite drawings will be on show in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK, including National Museum Cardiff.

These exhibitions will be followed by major displays at The Queen’s Galleries in Buckingham Palace, London, and in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

The works have been selected to show the extraordinary scope of the artist’s interests – painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany – as well as his use of different media – pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metal point.

You can buy your tickets on the day of your visit: Adults £5, Concessions £4, 16 years and under Free. 50% discount for National Art Pass holders. Tickets cannot be bought in advance, only on the day.

See two shows for less: Visit the exhibition in one city and get half price entry to the other. Valid in Cardiff and Bristol only. Please retain your exhibition ticket to redeem the offer.

A catalogue to support the nationwide Leonardo 500 celebration is available from our shop and online. It is written by Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust, and features all the drawings on display across the country.

Events supporting this exhibition:

There is also a programme of educational activities for schools and colleges to support this exhibition, details on our Learning pages.

Twelve cities are taking part in the Leonardo 500 celebration, each showing twelve drawings in simultaneous exhibitions.  You can visit these at: Ulster Museum (Belfast), Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (Glasgow), Leeds Art Gallery, Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool), Manchester Art Gallery, Millennium Gallery (Sheffield), Southampton City Art Gallery and Sunderland Museums & Winter Gardens. These will be followed by exhibitions at The Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh.

Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust, introduces Leonardo’s drawings (video duration: 6 minutes)

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