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Birmingham Leonardo da Vinci

February 16, 2012 @ 2:58 pm
posted by skyline

Birmingham’s exhibition of Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci has been a huge success according to official figures from Birmingham City Council. Over 30,000 people have visited the exhibition held at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery since it opened on January 13th. They are the highest attendance figures since the Staffordshire hoard.

The exhibition features ten drawings that have been selected to show the extraordinary scope of Leonardo’s interests: painting, engineering, botany, mapmaking, hydraulics, anatomy and sculpture.

Amongst the works included in the exhibition is The head of Leda (c.1505-6).  The work, which is based on Greek mythology, is a preparatory drawing for the painting Leda and the Swan which was destroyed around 1700.

The drawing, which was  acquired for the Royal Collection by Charles II shows Leda with a modest downward glance which characterises most of the women in Leonardo’s paintings.  The artist has devoted minute attention to her complicated hairstyle of braided and interwoven plaits.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, said of the exhibition  “I am delighted by the huge public response to this magnificent show at Birmingham’s world class Museum and Art Gallery.

“This exhibition, which marks the start of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, is further evidence of the city’s reputation for attracting high profile exhibitions that will bring both local people and visitors to the city.”

The exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery runs until March 25th with free admission for all.


Birmingham Da Vinci Scoop

May 11, 2011 @ 4:11 pm
posted by skyline

Ten drawings by Leonardo da Vinci will been going on show in Birmingham.

The queen is set to release ten drawings from the Royal Collection to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Birmingham got the scoop to exhibit the drawings ahead of four other cities and the drawings will be shown at Birmingham’s Museum and Art Gallery.

The Royal Collection houses over 600 priceless drawings and paintings by the artist.  Da vinci was one of the worlds most influential figures in many fields such as design architecture and engineering.
The exhibition is a major event for Birmingham and interest is expected to be very high. The exhibition will take place between the 13th of January and the 25th of March 2012.

Rita McLean, from the Birmingham Museum said ‘We are delighted that the Royal Collection has chosen Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to be the first UK venue to show this outstanding exhibition of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.

“This will be a rare and extraordinary opportunity for local people to see works by one of the world’s greatest artists, as part of the city’s celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”