Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

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Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is currently undergoing a major redevelopment project to help conserve the infrastructure of the original 1911 building and to improve access for all.

The Gallery continues to present an exciting offsite public programme of exhibitions, working with partners locally, nationally and internationally, and a full programme of activities and events are available at our offsite base at the YMCA, Kingsway, Swansea.

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Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is currently undergoing a major redevelopment project to help conserve the infrastructure of the original 1911 building and to improve access for all.

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A broad spectrum of visual arts from the original bequest of Richard Glynn Vivian (1835-1910) which includes work by Old Masters as well as an international collection of porcelain and Swansea china. The 20th Century is also well represented with modern painting and sculpture by Hepworth, Nicholson, Nash alongside Welsh artists such as Ceri Richards, Gwen John and Augustus John.

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Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection

  • 15 October 2016 — 6 January 2017 *on now

Throughout 2016, ten of the finest drawings by Leonardo da Vinci in the Royal Collection will travel to four museums and galleries across the United Kingdom and Ireland in a new exhibition.

The works have been selected to show the extraordinary scope of the artist's interests, from painting and sculpture to engineering, zoology, botany, mapmaking and anatomy, as well as his use of different media – pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metalpoint.

Through drawing, Leonardo attempted to record and understand the world around him. He maintained that an image transmitted knowledge more accurately and concisely than any words. Nonetheless, many of his drawings are extensively annotated, including the sheet of Studies for casting the equestrian monument to Francesco Sforza, c.1492–4, and the double-sided page from a notebook of anatomical studies, The heart compared to a seed and The vessels of the liver, spleen and kidneys, c.1508.

There are almost 600 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci in the Royal Collection. They were originally bound into a single album, which was probably acquired in the 17th century by Charles II. Beyond the 20 or so surviving paintings by Leonardo, the artist's drawings are the main source of our knowledge of this extraordinary Renaissance man and his many activities.

Leonardo's drawings are the richest, most wide-ranging, most technically brilliant, and most endlessly fascinating of any artist.

The exhibition is on show at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne from 13 February – 24 April 2016, the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin from 4 May – 17 July 2016, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery from 30 July – 9 October 2016 and Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea from 15 October 2016 – 6 January 2017.

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  • Family friendly


Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Alexandra Road
Vale of Glamorgan




01792 516900


01792 516903

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