Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci (detail), attribued to Francesco Melzi
The Royal Collection of H. M. Queen Elizabeth II


Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York
21 january - 30 march 2003


eonardo da Vinci, famous Renaissance painter (1452 - 1515) is universally known for his paintings and his inventive genius. The Metropolitan Museum in New York is presenting a collection of remarkable drawings.
     In her introduction to the exhibition catalogue, Carmen Bambach 1 underlines « the revolutionary character of his (da Vinci) faith in observation as a method of knowledge ».
     Among the many drawings, belonging to the Metropolitan Musem or a loan from 25 others collections ( Vatican, Louvre, Venice, Queen Elisabeth - London) are studies of falous paintings like : - The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne (Louvre, Paris).
- The Adoration of the Magi.
- The Battle of Anghiari (the painting itself has since disappeared).
And Saint Jerome in the desert (unfinished painting) (Vatican).
     There are many antomical drawings, studies of plants, sketches of weapons and machines.
     Also there are drawings which form part of the « Water treatise », sometimes called « Drawings of the Flood », made at the end of his life (between 1515-1517), during a stay in France as the host of Francis I.

1 Person in charge for the Department of the drawings and printed of Metropolitan Museum of Arts.


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Our thanks to the Metropolitan Museum of Arts for providing the documentation and the photographs.


For more information :

Exposition « Leonardo da Vinci, Master Drafstman,
Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York » :


This exhibition will be will be in a new presentation at the Louvre (Paris)
« Léonard de Vinci, Dessins et manuscrits »
from May 9th-July 14th 2003.


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