For the first time, we have a guest blogger. Rachel from Arbee Cards was planning on visiting the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Ulster Museum and she asked me if she could let you know all about it.
So let me introduce our first guest blogger and hopefully we’ll all see Rachel contribute again in the near future!
‘Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci’
Friday 15th June – Monday 27th August 2012
The Ulster Museum, Belfast
If you’re the sort of person who never goes to art galleries or museums, then this new exhibition ‘Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci’ at the Ulster Museum could very well change your mind.
The collection of drawings are on loan from the Queen’s Royal Collection as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and for the Ulster Museum to bring this to Northern Ireland is nothing short of a wonderful thing.
The exhibition is exactly as entitled – ten drawings by the Renaissance master, Leonardo da Vinci. Dating from the late 1400’s to the early 1500’s, the drawings cover a wide range of subject matter; botanical and anatomical studies, costumes, maps, machines, inventions and portraiture.
The drawings are displayed in a dimmed room to protect the 500 year old art, but it’s surprisingly possible to get up close to the drawings to see the delicate lines and perfect detail of each one. Two of the pieces particularly stand out – a double-sided page of studies from the human body taken from a sketchbook, complete with da Vinci’s written notes, and a stunningly beautiful female portrait ‘Head of Leda’ in chalk and ink in the artist’s instantly recognisable style.
The exhibition is accompanied by workshops, talks and events throughout its’ duration.
‘Ten Drawings’ continues until Monday 27th August and entry is free. Absolutely unmissable!