1 February—6 May 2019

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

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

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 simultaneously at twelve venues across the United Kingdom, including Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

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

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

These drawings are among the most diverse and technically accomplished in the history of art.

Leonardo Unfinished

Come and embrace your own inner polymath in the knowledge that Leonardo was a genius but he also left loads of works unfinished too…

To complement Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, three young Bristol creatives – Maisie, Anika and Marcin – have produced Leonardo Unfinished, an accompanying exhibition in response to the drawings. By identifying themes within Leonardo’s work, they have selected objects from across our collections to create an eclectic and compelling manifesto to nurture your inner polymath.

A related events programme aimed at 16-25 year olds is also in development – watch this space for more information.

Leonardo lates

The ground floor of the museum will be open until 8pm on the following dates so you can explore the exhibition after-hours. A bar will also be available so why not make an evening of it? Standard exhibition entry charges apply.

  • Wednesday 6 February
  • Thursday 11 April
  • Wednesday 1 May


Image: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery would like to thank exhibition sponsors: Clifton High SchoolResource Solutions Group and Smith & Williamson.

Available Tickets Price Qty *
Adult ticket + £1 donation £6.00 (GBP) / ticket
Adult ticket £5.00 (GBP) / ticket
Concession ticket + £1 donation £5.00 (GBP) / ticket
Concession ticket £4.00 (GBP) / ticket

* Please note that a maximum number of 10 tickets can be purchased for this event per order.