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"Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman"
2003-01-22 until 2003-03-30
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY,
The first comprehensive exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's (1453-1519) drawings ever presented in America, Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman, a landmark international loan exhibition, will bring together nearly 120 works by one of the most renowned masters of all time—the very embodiment of the Renaissance ideal of the universal genius.
On view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from January 22 through March 30, 2003, Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman will survey Leonardo's staggering contribution as artist, scientist, engineer, theorist, and teacher. Gathered from more than 25 private and public collections in Europe and North America–with unprecedented loans coming from the Royal Library of Windsor Castle, the Musée du Louvre, and the Gallerie dell' Accademia in Venice–the exhibition will include many rarely exhibited works and an astounding variety of drawing types, reflecting virtually every aspect of the artist's artistic and intellectual achievement. Of special importance are the numerous studies for some of his most famous paintings—including the Virgin and Child with St. Anne, the Adoration of the Magi, The Last Supper, and the now-lost Battle of Anghiari—as well as the extraordinary loan of the Vatican Museums' St. Jerome Praying in the Wilderness, an unfinished painting that shows much of the artist's original underdrawing.
Comprehensive in scope, the exhibition also features many of Leonardo's celebrated anatomical and plant studies and designs for machines. In addition, a selection of drawings by his teacher Andrea del Verrocchio and his circle, as well as by Leonardo's pupils and followers, will provide a context for the great artist's legacy.
The exhibition is made possible by Morgan Stanley.
Additional support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
An indemnity has been granted by the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.