Hundreds of art fans flock to see Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Crowds outside the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
IT’S a scene not witnessed since the Staffordshire Hoard first went on public display.
Nearly 1,000 people are flocking to Birmingham Museum and Art
Gallery every day to see the blockbuster Ten Drawings exhibition
featuring the work Leonardo da Vinci.
More than 31,500 visitors have seen the once-in-a-lifetime show
since it opened on January 13 and the public’s appetite for the master
shows no sign of slowing.
The exhibition’s busiest day so far was Monday when 1,384 people
visited, the highest attendance at the gallery since the Staffordshire
Hoard was first on display in 2009.
The drawings are taken from the Royal Collection and are on tour to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Coun Martin Mullaney said: “I am delighted by the huge public
response to this magnificent show at Birmingham’s world class Museum and
“This exhibition, which marks the start of the Queen’s Golden
Jubilee celebrations, is further evidence of the city’s reputation for
attracting high profile exhibitions that will bring both local people
and visitors to the city.”
The drawings illustrate the scope of Leonardo’s interests which
spanned painting and sculpture, engineering, botany, mapmaking,
hydraulics and anatomy.
One of the main attractions is The Head of Leda. The work, which is
based on Greek mythology, was a preparatory drawing for the painting
Leda and the Swan which was destroyed around 1700.
The Royal Collection contains a group of around 600 drawings by Da
Vinci, which are preserved in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle.
The exhibition runs at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery until March 25 and admission to the show is free.