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Leonardo da Vinci: Exhibition arrives in Sheffield

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The head of St Philip by Leonardo da Vinci

Hailed by many as the greatest artist and creator to have ever lived, the work of Leonardo da Vinci is being celebrated with a display at Millennium Gallery to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist's death.

144 of Da Vinci's most extraordinary drawings from the Royal Collection are being displayed across the UK as part of a nationwide exhibition entitled Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing.

The Sheffield exhibition features 12 of Da Vinci's drawings, including a study for one of his most famous paintings, The Last Supper.

The public can see the vast range of Da Vinci's interests reflected in his drawings, including anatomy, architecture, engineering, geology, cartography, botany and music. Visitors are also offered a rare glimpse of a selection of the artist's movement of water observations, anatomical drawings and more.

Families also have a chance to get involved through a selection of Leonardo-inspired drawing activities being provided throughout the gallery.

Fans of Da Vinci may also want to check out The Vehicle of Nature, a 21st century response to the Studies of flowing water (1510-13), on display at Millennium Gallery alongside the Leonardo exhibition.

The installation, created by the internationally-acclaimed Sheffield-based digital studio Universal Everything, brings together the latest display technologies to create a 'digital river', which whirls and turns across the gallery space, inspired by Da Vinci's ability to capture complex fluid movement.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing runs at Millennium Gallery until 6 May.

The Vehicle of Nature runs until 26 May.

Jade Shelley

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The Vehicle of Nature by Universal Everything

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