Don’t miss the rare Leonardo da Vinci drawing exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery

Marking 500 years since his death, Leonardo da Vinci's Royal Collection of drawings are back at the Manchester Art Gallery.

By Manchester's Finest | 8 February 2019

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February 2019 sees Manchester Art Gallery take part in Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, a nationwide exhibition to commemorate the artist’s death.

The gallery will exhibit the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings from the Royal Collection, with the selection of works focusing on the body, clearly demonstrating Leonardo’s use of drawing to gain an unrivalled understanding of human anatomy.

The exhibition includes anatomical studies, caricatures, idealised male and female bodies, drapery, figures in action and studies of an infant and foetus. The selection demonstrates the variety of techniques he used, from pen and ink and watercolour to red and black chalks and metal point, as well as his mastery in depicting ideal and grotesque physical features.

Alongside the exhibition will be a selection of works from the Gallery’s collection, reflecting on the depiction of the body in art.

These beautiful drawings will be on display in one of the smaller galleries and at busy times, including 11am – 3pm weekdays and during weekends, you may be required to queue.


Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

Venue: Manchester Art Gallery

Dates: Friday 1 February 2019–Monday 6 May 2019
Cost: Free

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Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley St, Manchester M2 3JL