Having seen astronaut Tim Peak’s landing craft, we thought we’d see if we there were any tickets available to see the exhibition of 12 Leonardo da Vinci drawings that was also showing. at the National Museum Cardiff, ‘Yes’ they said, ‘two tickets available right now, come on in.’
144 of Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection are displayed in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK to mark the 500th anniversary of his death.
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing features 12 drawings at each venue, all selected to reflect the full range of Leonardo’s interests – painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany.
I was surprised we were allowed to take photographs, but we were, so long as there was no flash used. Fumbling around with my phone to take a snap or two to upload to social media, I had a bit of a moment where I realised the phone was about to flash! I quickly bundled into the folds of my fleece, for fear of a 500 year old de Vinci disappearing like invisible ink, in front of my eyes! (The Banksy incident was running through my mind).
Was there anything he couldn’t draw or imagine?
Great feats of engineering and soft romantic portraits
The anatomical drawings are incredible.
Not only in terms of the observation,
but he clearly had a rich understanding of how the body works, which seems a head of its time, as the information screen explained.
Leonardo da Vinci, wrote in backwards, ‘mirror writing’ as to why the jury seems to be out, but as a left handed dyslexic, who was made to write with ink at primary school, yes a ‘dip pen’ it was 1968 not 1508! But I can remember the mess I made, so I can understand why he wrote the way he did, but not how!
And now I’m seeing the teacher responsible for insisting on me writing in pen and ink in this drawing, you get the picture?
Afterwards we found our way to the coffee shop, to reflect that we had just been transported, from Tim Peake’s space travel, to five hundred years ago, when the polymath that was Leonardo da Vinci was sketching something remarkably like a helicopter all under one roof. Amazing.