Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
A rare opportunity to see the extraordinary drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest artists the world has ever known.
1 February – 6 May 2019
In February 2019, to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 144 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection will go on display in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK.
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, a nationwide event, will give the widest-ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary artist. 12 drawings selected to reflect the full range of Leonardo’s interests – painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany – will be shown at each venue in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Sunderland – meaning Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is the only opportunity to see this work between Leeds and Scotland!
Following these exhibitions, in May 2019 the drawings will then be brought together to form part of an exhibition of over 200 sheets at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, the largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in over 65 years. A selection of 80 drawings will then travel to The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse in November 2019, the largest group of Leonardo’s works ever shown in Scotland.
£2.50 admission & under 16s free entry; tickets will be available online and from Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens from 4 January 2019.
There will also be a wide-ranging programme of supporting events and activities throughout the exhibition period.
Keep an eye out for our full programme launching soon!
Exhibitions of 12 drawings at the following locations:
- Ulster Museum, Belfast
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
- Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
- National Museum Cardiff
- Derby Museum and Art Gallery
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
- Leeds Art Gallery
- Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
- Manchester Art Gallery
- Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
- Southampton City Art Gallery
- Sunderland Museums and Winter Gardens