Sunday 26 February 2017

8,000 people already drawn to exhibition of da Vinci sketches

Jane O'Faherty

Martin Clayton, head of prints and drawings, Royal Collection Trust, and Anne Hodge, curator of prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Ireland, at a preview of Leonardo da Vinci’s 10 drawings Photo: Arthur Carron
Martin Clayton, head of prints and drawings, Royal Collection Trust, and Anne Hodge, curator of prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Ireland, at a preview of Leonardo da Vinci’s 10 drawings Photo: Arthur Carron
One of da Vinci’s drawings. Photo: Arthur Carron

Art lovers can get up close to some of Leonardo da Vinci's finest work in a historic new Dublin exhibition.

Ten of the Italian master's surviving drawings will be given pride of place at the National Gallery from today - the only time the collection will be seen outside the UK.

More than 8,000 free tickets to the exhibition have already been snapped up.

Anne Hodge of the National Gallery called the selection of sketches "fabulous".

"You can stand literally a foot away from a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci," she told the Irish Independent. "You can spend time. You can look up close, because with drawings it's no good standing back."

The drawings range from studies of anatomy to map-making, with some detailing his knowledge of engineering. Martin Clayton of the Royal Collection Trust said: "Leonardo used drawing as his laboratory, his thinking aloud on paper. That's what you can see in the drawings in this exhibition."

The exhibition continues until July 17. Free tickets are available on nationalgallery.ie and early booking is advised.

Irish Independent

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