Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition opens in Newcastle

Recto: Expressions of fury in horses, lions and a man. Verso: Notes and diagrams on astronomy and geometry, and the head of a horse. The expressions of fury in horses, a lion and a man c.1504-5 Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016
Recto: Expressions of fury in horses, lions and a man. Verso: Notes and diagrams on astronomy and geometry, and the head of a horse. The expressions of fury in horses, a lion and a man c.1504-5 Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016.

A new exhibition of ten drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci will be on display in Newcastle from tomorrow.

The exhibition, Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection, will be on display at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle from tomorrow until April 24.

The opening of the exhibition marks the start of a new nationwide tour of a specially selected range of the artist’s drawings.

Sarah Richardson, Keeper of Art at Laing Art Gallery, said: “It’s a fantastic thing that we are the first to show it. We’ve already had a lot of interest and I think people are really going to enjoy it.

“I like to think that Newcastle is quite a cultural centre. We have a really thriving art gallery here and that has been recognised.”

The Ten Drawings is the fifth touring exhibition of Leonardo drawings from the Royal Collection since 2002. Over three quarters of a million people have now seen one of these shows in 16 venues around the UK, from Aberdeen to Truro.

One of the aims of Royal Collection Trust is to make this art accessible for anyone who wants to see it.

Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings, The Royal Collection Trust said: “We have more than 500 drawings from Leonardo in the collection but I’ve selected for this exhibition ten of the finest, trying to give an over view of Leonardo’s career as a craftsman but also as an artist and scientists and engineer more generally.

“We’ve managed to cover a hell of a lot of ground and see a pretty comprehensive overview of what Leonardo did over the course of his amazing career.”

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The exhibition is on show at the Laing Art Gallery from February 13 – April 24, after which it will tour to the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (May 4– July 172), Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery (July 30 – October 9) and finally Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea (October 15 – January 6, 2017.)

A small charge for admission is required and options to donate to the Laing Art Gallery and receive a catalogue of the exhibition are available.

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