Join Martin Clayton to explore the stories behind our selection of Leonardo da Vinci drawings.
Martin is Head of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust and a leading expert on Leonardo.
Join him to explore the stories behind our selection of drawings. The exhibition will be open until 8pm for ticket holders to the talk only.
Revered in his day as a painter, Leonardo completed only around 20 paintings; he was respected as a sculptor and architect, but no sculpture or buildings by him survive; he was a military and civil engineer who plotted with Machiavelli to divert the river Arno, but the scheme was never executed; he was an anatomist and dissected 30 human corpses, but his ground-breaking anatomical work was never published; he planned treatises on painting, water, mechanics, the growth of plants and many other subjects, but none was ever finished.
As so much of his life’s work was unrealised or destroyed, Leonardo’s greatest achievements are to be found on sheets of paper.