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Leonardo da Vinci: A life in drawing

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'Curator Martin Clayton writes with a beautiful lightness of touch, and great knowledge: the book accompanying the show is highly recommended' - the i

A superbly produced out of print book of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings 

Drawing was Leonardo da Vinci’s primary artistic activity. He used drawing to think, to explore the world around him and to develop his other artistic projects. His drawings are among the most diverse and technically accomplished in the entire history of art, and the Royal Collection holds by far the most important selection of these. 

In 2019, to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, a series of special exhibitions of his drawings will open simultaneously at 12 venues across the United Kingdom, including Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Sunderland, with a further venue to be announced. This publication includes all 200 of the drawings shown across these venues and provides an authoritative account of Leonardo’s works within the Royal Collection.

Each of the 200 illustrations featured is given short commentary within a loose narrative that winds around Leonardo’s stylistic developments. Images range from his first known and extant drawing in 1473 A landscape in the Arno valley to his last “ideal head” portrait in 1519, The head of an old bearded man in profile.

  • Author: Martin Clayton,  Head of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Date published: November 2020
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1909741669 
  • Condition: Good
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 20.9 cm

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