A Life in Drawing
If you are looking for a cultural treat, then this is your lucky day as the Ulster Museum is currently in possession of some of the most thought-provoking work of the great Leonardo Da Vinci. The current exhibition, A Life In Drawing, is now on display for anyone who wishes to take a peek.
The film is projected across the whole width and height of the room, the video quality is impressive & the sound is a powerful awakening which will set you up for the rest of this fantastic tour.
Don’t worry if you arrive halfway through, the film is repeated within 1 minute of ending and there’s plenty to keep you busy while you wait for the next clip.
Owned by the Queen and usually stored in Windsor Castle for preservation purposes, the collection of drawings on show are suggested to be the most significant collection of Da Vinci drawings anywhere in the world.
The exhibition marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, and Belfast is one of only 12 venues chosen to host simultaneous exhibitions from the Royal Collection. The display is a once in a lifetime opportunity to view work by one of history’s most extraordinary characters and a man many historians and scholars regard as the prime exemplar of the “Universal Genius”. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent in recorded history, and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, while the man himself mysterious and remote”.
Not to be missed
With a total of 144 pieces on show across the 12 venues, Belfast is showcasing 12 of the very best, 2 of which are arguably Leonardo’s most famous works, The Head of St Anne, created in around 1510 in preparation for his renowned masterpiece The Virgin and Child with St Anne, which hangs in the Louvre, and an anatomical drawing from 1489, The Skull Sectioned.
A Life In Drawing is a rare opportunity to enter into one of history’s greatest minds and a chance to capture a unique glimpse into the character of Leonardo Da Vinci himself.
The nationwide, public exhibition runs until May 6th.
Don’t miss it!
- The Ulster Museum is open to public: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00am - 5:00pm