Thursday, February 4, 2010

Leonardo in Vancouver

"People should come and see this, because it's not going to happen again while you're alive."

The Vancouver Art Gallery knew they wanted something big to coincide with the Winter Olympics and they certainly haven't disappointed!

Congratulations to the Vancouver Art Gallery for their persistence in requesting and gaining permission to show part of the Queen's private art collection!

February 6 and continues to May 2, 2010

"One of the most important of Leonardo da Vinci’s artistic and scientific investigations of the human body was conducted for a planned treatise on anatomy. To accomplish this, Leonardo appears to have worked with a scientist from the University of Pavia to participate in dissections of corpses, which were rarely performed at the time. These direct observations by Leonardo resulted in an exceptional body of work that remains, to this day, one of the greatest triumphs of drawing and scientific inquiry."

Here is the Global news cast with more information -these drawings are way better than the ones in my Anatomy 390 textbook - okay, maybe it's the artist in me. They're certainly much more interesting to look at!

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery in association with The Royal Collection and curated by Martin Clayton of The Royal Collection, Windsor.

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