Leonardo da Vinci, The head of Leda c1505-8. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11/Royal Collection Trust

Leonardo da Vinci, The head of Leda c1505-8. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11/Royal Collection Trust

LEONARDO DA VINCI

WHAT? LEONARDO DA VINCI: A LIFE IN DRAWING 

WHERE?  The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace 

WHEN? Now until 13th October 

WHY GO? To marvel at the definitive collection of original Leonardo da Vinci drawings from the Royal Collection in the most regal of London Royal Palaces. You don’t get inside the actual Palace, but you do get to roam the wonderful galleries and marvel at over 200 drawings ranging from his botanical studies, to architecture, engineering and more.  Of course, he was forever curious about everything the world had to offer.  Most revealing are the slightly sinister anatomical drawings.  As a scientist, he dissected 30 human corpses for the sake of research though the illustrated treatise he planned was never actually completed in the end. 

IN THE KNOW?  As part of this years homage to Leonardo and the 500th anniversary of his death, there are exhibitions planned, all over the country.  The Queen’s Gallery alone has several events that can be booked from lectures to lute music or dancing to experiencing Yoga with an Old Master!  And if you can’t resist a gift shop, get your Leonardo fix with endless souvenirs on sale.