Here’s an idea for the February half term holiday : ten of Leonardo da Vinci’s finest drawings are on exhibition at the moment at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
They have been selected to reflect Leonardo’s use of different media and the extraordinary range of his activities: painting and sculpture, engineering, botany, mapmaking, hydraulics and anatomy. The exhibition includes designs for chariots fitted with flailing clubs, a study of the head of Leda, a drawing of oak leaves, a double-sided sheet of anatomical sketches, a design for a scheme to drain marshland, a view of a river from a window, a costume study of a man on horseback, drawings of apocalyptic scenes, and a rough study of an old man in profile, one of the last drawings made by the artist.
This is a touring exhibition to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, and Birmingham is the first venue on the tour. A wonderful opportunity to see some of the work of this Renaissance master, and to reflect on the contribution he made in so many areas. The exhibition is free.