Portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci c British Library Board

Portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci c British Library Board

leonardo da vinci


WHERE? British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

WHEN? 7th June - 8th September 

WHY GO? To soak up some of this great man’s genius and discover what made him tick? Collating drawings, notes and observations on everything he was renowned for, this exhibition marks the 500th anniversary of his death and as you would expect from the British Library, does it with their customary zeal and thorough investigative research. It veers towards his scientific side, determining his belief that motion was the ‘cause of all life' with studies of water flow and geometry, along with, of course, those famous human anatomical works.

IN THE KNOW  Hero worship was not lost on Bill Gates who bought the Codex Leicester, a prized collection of scientific writings by Leonardo in 1994, so named after the Earl of Leicester who bought it in 1719. On show for the first time in the UK, it’s one of the worlds’ most significant manuscripts and holds the record for being the most expensive book ever sold.  Definitely not one for students to book out on loan!