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This is the first U.S. exhibition of one of the most significant collections of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. The drawings from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin detail the extensive range of Leonardo’s interests, including pointed observations, fantastical explorations, anatomical studies, and working drawings such as the Study for the Angel (1485) in the painting Madonna of the Rocks. Dating from about 1480 to 1510, the works traverse the arc of Leonardo’s career.


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Leonardo da Vinci: Drawings from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin is organized by the Birmingham Museum of Art and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. This exhibition was made possible by the Foundation for Italian Art and Culture. The San Francisco presentation is made possible by patrons Rosemary and Ed Baker, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Brown Foundation and a bequest from Leonard E. Kingsley.