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An expert talk by Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Collection Trust.

Leonardo da Vinci drew incessantly throughout his life. He used every drawing material available to the Renaissance artist, pushing each to its limits. He drew to prepare his paintings, to plan his sculpture and architecture, to invent his machines, to investigate the world around him, to fix the fluid workings of his imagination – in other words, to think on paper, in a way that no other artist (or scientist) has ever done. As so few of his works reached fruition, most of what we know about Leonardo comes through his drawings. 

This talk will explore the many aspects of Leonardo's drawings, among the most wide-ranging and beautiful of the Renaissance, with a particular focus on the twelve superlative sheets on display in Birmingham.