The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist


Follow the links below for further details on adult events surrounding the Leonardo da Vinci Anatomist  exhibition:


Life Drawing and Sculpture Course
Monday, 02 July - Friday, 06 July, 2012, 10:00-17:00
Tutor: Marcus Cornish, from The Prince’s Drawing School faculty

A drawing and sculpting course, this is a rare opportunity to see, study and work from Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable anatomical drawings.

Life Drawing Course: Structure and Form
23, 24 August 2012, 10:00-17:00
Tutor: Sharon Brindle, from The Prince's Drawing School faculty.

These life drawing class will observe, investigate and imagine the living human form, both static and in motion.

Study day and Evening View: Anatomy in the Renaissance - SOLD OUT
Friday, 07 September, 2012, 10:00-19:30
Presentations will be given by Martin Clayton, John Henderson, Helen King, Sachiko Kusukawa, Domenico Laurenza, Francis Wells and Kenneth Wise

Physical Thinking: A movement course inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings
12, 13, 14 September, 2012, 17:15-19:45
Tutor: Suzy Willson, Artistic Director of the Clod Ensemble

Engage with Leonardo’s exploration of bones, muscles, physical architecture and action by investigating these ideas physically.

Inside Out: Drawing the Human Figure
15 & 16 September, 2012, 10:00-17:00
Tutor: Stephen Farthing, Royal Academician and Rootstein Hopkins Professor of Drawing at the University of the Arts London

Stephen Farthing R.A. will lead a practical workshop that explores  the impact  of the interior of the human figure on its surface appearance  in drawing.

Drawing and Understanding the Human Anatomy
22 & 29 September, 2012, 10:00-17:00
Tutor: John Lessore, from The Prince's Drawing School faculty

This two day course will focus on developing life drawing with an anatomical understanding.

Special Events

Poetry Reading: Anatomising Miracles
Wednesday, 26 September, 2012, 16:30-20:30
Readings from Jo Shapcott and Maurice Riordan

An evening of readings from poets Jo Shapcott and Maurice Riordan.

An Evening with Leonardo da Vinci and The Sixteen
Wednesday, 03 October, 2012, 18:30-20:30

Immerse yourself in Leonardo da Vinci’s world with an introductory talk, a special evening view of the exhibition and a concert of choral pieces performed by the acclaimed musicians of early choral music The Sixteen.

Walking Tour

Sensational Bodies: London's Golden Age of Anatomy
04, 07, 24, 26 July 2012, 11:00-13:00
Guide: Dr Richard Barnett, Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow


The artistic content of Leonardo’s anatomical work
Wednesday, 16 May 2012, 14:00–15:00
Martin Clayton, Royal Collection Curator

Leonardo da Vinci in the history of dissection
Wednesday, 23 May 2012, 14:00–15:00
Professor Helen King, Medical Historian             

How a 15th-century artist anticipated 21st-century radiology
Wednesday, 30 May 2012, 14:00–15:00
Professor Peter Abrahams, Clinical Anatomist

Drawing: A tool for understanding and learning
Wednesday, 19 September 2012, 14:00-15:00
Stephen Farthing, Royal Academician and Rootstein Hopkins Professor of Drawing at the University of the Arts London

A Conversion on Creative Anatomy
Friday, 21 September 2012, 18:00-19:30
Michael Farthing, Professor of Medicine and Vice Chancellor of the University of Sussex and Stephen Farthing R.A., artist and Professor of Drawing at the University of the Arts

Reflections on the exhibition: What we still don’t know about Leonardo the anatomist
Friday, 05 October 2012, 14:00–15:00
Martin Clayton, Royal Collection Curator

10-Minute Talks

Our popular short talk series returns at 12:00 and 15:00 on selected dates. Led by Royal Collection experts, these 10-minute talks take place in the exhibition and explore individual drawings, providing unique insights into Leonardo’s life and work. 

Leonardo’s drawing materials
Friday, 18 May 2012 & Friday, 25 May 2012
Alan Donnithorne, Head of Paper Conservation

Anatomy raised to a work of art
Friday, 01 June 2012
Lucy Whitaker, Senior Curator of Paintings

The Head of Judas
Friday, 15 June 2012
Jennifer Scott, Curator of Paintings

The unborn child
Friday, 29 June 2012
Lucy Whitaker, Senior Curator of Paintings


In collaboration with Wellcome Collection