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“The Mechanics of Man” Leonardo da Vinci’s Anatomical Drawings at the VAG

An exciting exhibit started at the the Vancouver Art Gallery last weekend, running through until May 2.  And from February 12 – 29, during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, it’s absolutely FREE!

A collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings, on loan from the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle in London, England, are on display, with the blessings of Queen Elizabeth II who allowed them to be loaned for this Olympic event.  The exhibition was chosen specifically for its theme — the human body — which is what athletes use.

These drawings embody the incredible mystique surrounding Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest artists and scientists who ever lived.  These extraordinary drawings themselves are small, about 290 mm by 196 mm (11 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches) about the size of a piece of writing paper.  Some have a dozen or more finely crafted drawings on one page with handwritten phrases and sentences.

These revolutionary anatomical drawings, centuries ahead of their time in their depiction of the human body, are part of an entire group of drawings from Leonardo’s Anatomical Manuscript A.  This display includes 18 linen paper sheets with 240 individual drawings and 13,000 words written in Leonardo’s unique mirror-script handwriting.

LEONARDO DA VINCI:  “THE MECHANICS OF MAN EXHIBIT”  at the Vancouver Art Gallery until May 2.

Free, during the 2010 Olympic Games

THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY

750 Hornby St.  (between Robson and Georgia Streets)

604-662-4700

To get there:  Vancouver city Centre Statnion, CANADA LINE

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