Leonardo da Vinci Royal Collection works draw crowds to the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull

By Culture24 Reporter | 29 November 2012
A photo of a 16th century drawing in dark brown pencil of a woman on mottled paper
Leonardo da Vinci, The Head of Leda (circa 1505-6). Pen and ink over black chalk© Royal Collection 2012 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Exhibition Preview: Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, until January 20 2013

In the Mona Lisa he may have created the most famous portrait in the world, but Leonardo da Vinci is now just as well known for his skills beyond painting.

Sculpture, architecture, engineering, botany, map-making and anatomy are among his talents symbolised in this display of ten drawings, which has enticed hefty visitor numbers to the Ferens for an exhibition loaned by the Royal Library at Windsor Castle.

“It is an honour that we are the only venue in the north of England to show these drawings,” says Terence Geraghty, of Hull City Council.

“The Ferens is now recognised as one of the best facilities in Yorkshire, and this exhibition’s resounding success, with visitors coming from far and wide, has raised Hull’s profile as a place to visit for culture.

“This is most definitely a major highlight of Hull’s cultural calendar.”

The 20,000 visitors in the opening three weeks have seen investigations made in pen and ink, red and black chalks and metapoint.

They are accompanied by the Artist Rooms show of Andy Warhol works and a series of volunteer-organised talks.

  • Open 10am-5pm (1.30pm-4.30pm Sunday). Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @HullFerens.

More pictures:

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A thousand visitors a day are thought to have seen the exhibition so far© Hull Museums: Ferens Art Gallery. Photo: Kevin Ladden
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Hydraulics, optics and geology are among the areas examined by the artist during the 15th and 16th centuries© Hull Museums: Ferens Art Gallery. Photo: Kevin Ladden
A photo of two women looking at small objects inside a see-through art gallery case
The accompanying programme includes talks on Old Master Drawings and The Mona Lisa© Hull Museums: Ferens Art Gallery. Photo: Kevin Ladden
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