Open daily, 10:00-17:30 (last admission 16:30)
A typical visit lasts between 1 and 1½ hours.
The Queen's Gallery is closed 16 April - 3 May 2012, 4-5 June 2012, 8 October - 1 November 2012, 25-26 December 2012
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £8.50
Under 17 £4.65
Under 5 Free
Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £23.00
About the event
This exhibition is the largest ever of Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of the human body. Leonardo has long been recognised as one of the great artists of the Renaissance, but he was also a pioneer in the understanding of human anatomy. He intended to publish his ground-breaking work in a treatise on anatomy, and had he done so his discoveries would have transformed European knowledge of the subject. But on Leonardo’s death in 1519 the drawings remained a mass of undigested material among his private papers and their significance was effectively lost to the world for almost 400 years. Today they are among the Royal Collection’s greatest treasures.
A special events programme to coincide with Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist has been created by Royal Collection Learning in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust. A series of lectures and short talks will bring together anatomists, curators and historians to explore the significance of Leonardo’s anatomical investigations and reveal the stories behind some of the artist’s remarkable drawings.
Tickets cost £5 and include tea and coffee.
Booking recommended. Admission to the exhibition is not included in the price.
Wednesday, 23 May, 14.00-15.00
Leonardo da Vinci in the history of dissection Professor Helen King, Medical Historian
Discover how human dissection was seen in the time of Leonardo da Vinci; its place in the ‘medical curriculum’ of the day, and whether it was supported or condemned as a way of finding out the truths of the body. How did Leonardo gain access to human material, and what did he do with the information his dissections revealed?
Wednesday, 30 May, 14.00-15.00
Leonardo da Vinci: How a 15th-century artist anticipated 21st-century radiology Professor Peter Abrahams, Clinical Anatomist
Is there anything still to be learnt from Leonardo’s anatomical exploration and artistic expression? This lecture explores the value of Leonardo’s anatomical drawings as a tool for understanding the human body and how, incredibly, he anticipated modern imagery used by the medical profession of today.
Wednesday, 5 October, 14.00-15.00
Reflections on the exhibition: What we still don’t know about Leonardo the anatomist Martin Clayton, Exhibition Curator
Though the outlines of Leonardo’s anatomical work are clear, there is much that we don’t know in detail – from where he carried out his work, to the written sources that he depended upon. This lecture will look at these gaps in our knowledge, and suggest where future research may lie.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ Short Talk series
Our popular short talk series returns at 12.00 and 15.00 on selected dates. Led by Royal Collection experts, these ten-minute talks take place in the exhibition and explore individual drawings, providing unique insights into Leonardo’s life and work. The short talks are free with a ticket to the exhibition or a 1-Year Pass.
18 & 25 May, Leonardo’s drawing materials Alan Donnithorne, Head of Paper Conservation 1 June, Anatomy raised to a work of art Lucy Whitaker, Senior Curator of Paintings 15 June, The Head of Judas Jennifer Scott, Curator of Paintings 29 June, The unborn child: Lucy Whitaker, Senior Curator of Paintings 27 September, Leonardo’s anatomical ambitions Martin Clayton, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings