1 February—6 May 2019

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

This exhibition has now finished.

To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, we are displaying twelve of his finest drawings as part of #Leonardo500.

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

From landmark anatomical studies to whimsical pages, the drawings reveal his qualities as a dreamer, note-taker, designer and above all, an insatiably curious observer of the world around him. They are among the most diverse and technically accomplished in the entire history of art.

#Leonardo500 is a national celebration and this exhibition is one of 12 simultaneous shows across the UK. Exhibitions are also taking place in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Derby, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and SunderlandThese shows will be followed by major displays at The Queen’s Galleries in Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

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 – Anika, Marcin and Maisie – 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.

Find out more about Leonardo Unfinished

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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.