Leonardo arrives in Hull

Friday, 9 November 2012

Royal Collection Trust’s exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci drawings is in Hull on the final leg of its Diamond Jubilee tour.  It has already travelled to five museums and galleries across the United Kingdom, attracting record visitor numbers at every venue.  Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration will complete its journey at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull from 10 November 2012 until 20 January 2013.

The exhibition was selected to show the extraordinary scope of Leonardo's interests – painting and sculpture, engineering, botany, mapmaking, hydraulics and anatomy – and his use of different media – pen and ink, red and black chalks and metalpoint.  Highlights include designs for chariots fitted with flailing clubs, a double-sided sheet of anatomical sketches, and a rough study of an old man in profile, one of the last drawings made by the artist.

Beyond a handful of paintings, most of Leonardo’s great projects were never completed.  Martin Clayton, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust, said, ‘A great deal of Leonardo’s work is known to us only through his drawings, and I have selected ten of the finest of these to allow the visitor to engage directly with one of the greatest minds in history.  Drawings are so much more immediate than paintings: you can see every movement of the artist’s mind, and there is something very exciting about coming face to face with a sheet of paper that was held in the hands of Leonardo da Vinci 500 years ago.’

Councillor Terence Geraghty, Hull City Council, said, ‘This is most definitely a major highlight of Hull’s cultural calendar.  I am delighted that the Ferens Art Gallery is to host this high-profile exhibition.  It is an honour that we are the only venue in the north of England to show this touring exhibition.’

Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration is at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull from 10 November 2012 to 20 January 2013.