Exhibition: Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion

This exhibition runs from Fri, 7th Jun 2019 to Sun, 8th Sep 2019. See all dates

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Cost: £7

See inside the mind of one of the world’s greatest artists

For the first time in the UK we bring together selections from three of Leonardo da Vinci’s extraordinary notebooks to explore his fascination with motion, which he considered to be ‘the cause of all life’.

Marking the 500th anniversary of his death, this unique exhibition showcases highlights from one of the British Library’s finest treasures, the Codex Arundel, alongside the Codex Forster from the V&A and a selection of sheets from the Codex Leicester, widely considered to be one of Leonardo’s most important scientific notebooks, which will be shown in this country for the first time since it was purchased by Bill Gates.

These remarkable pages, written in Leonardo’s distinctive mirror writing, illustrate how his detailed studies of natural phenomena – and in particular of water – influenced his work both as an artist and an inventor. With intricate drawings and diagrams crowding every page, marvel at Leonardo’s insights into subjects as varied as the formation of waves and air bubbles, river flow, the velocity of wind, and the nature of light and shadow.

Follow Leonardo in his tireless pursuit of knowledge and track his thoughts and experiments, which in an effort to understand the world around him foreshadowed modern scientific method. You’ll also have the chance to view some of Leonardo’s designs for devices including an underwater breathing apparatus and a perpetual motion wheel capable of producing and harnessing energy.

As your journey through Leonardo’s incredible enquiring mind concludes, studies for his famous painting, The Virgin of the Rocks, reveal how his observations of nature in motion directly informed his ability to portray human movement in the artistic masterpieces for which he is known today.

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96 Euston Road, London,

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