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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery display works of art by Leonardo da Vinci

Ten rarely seen drawings by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci are to be displayed in Birmingham in 2012.

The sketches include a study of Leda, anatomical sketches, chariot designs, Helen of Troy’s mythological mother and an old bearded man which is thought to be one of the artist’s last drawings.

The drawings have never been on permanent public display before because of the risk of light damage. The exhibition will be held at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from January 13th to March 25th as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Head of Birmingham Museums and Heritage, Rita McLean , said: “We are delighted that the Royal Collection has chosen Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to be the first UK venue to show this outstanding exhibition of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. This will be a rare and extraordinary opportunity for local people to see works by one of the world’s greatest artists.”

Leonardo da Vinci drew his sketches in order to record the world around him and transmit his knowledge. He was left-handed and wrote all of his personal notes in mirror-image, thought to be a childhood trick that he continued to use into adulthood.

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