‘Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan’ is the most complete display of Leonardo's rare surviving paintings ever held. This unprecedented exhibition – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – brings together sensational international loans never before seen in the UK.
While numerous exhibitions have looked at Leonardo Da Vinci as an inventor, scientist or draughtsman, this is the first to be dedicated to his aims and techniques as a painter. Inspired by the recently restored National Gallery painting, The Virgin fo the Rocks, this exhibition focuses on Leonardo as an artist. In particular it concentrates on the work he produced as court painter to Duke Lodovico Sforza in Milan in the late 1480s and 1490s.
As a painter, Leonardo aimed to convince viewers of the reality of what they were seeing while still aspiring to create ideals of beauty – particularly in his exquisite portraits – and, in his religious works, to convey a sense of awe-inspiring mystery.
The bank holiday may be almost over but there’s still a generous helping of the capital’s culture to keep you occupied. This week there’s a luxurious craft fair, Sherlock Holmes-inspired puzzles and one of the world’s most notorious cartoonists to see.
London plays host to a range of wonderful photography exhibitions, but few have the range of Sony’s World Photography Awards. This year’s winners and finalists fill Somerset House, presenting a stunning portrait of life, landscape and art through a lens.
Now that spring has certifiably sprung, there are more reasons than ever to get out and explore the near-limitless possibilities of London’s scene. For this week and the bank holiday weekend we look at music and cabaret, flea markets and a mystical portal to another world.
While we can’t necessarily trust the good weather to hold, we can always trust the capital to provide a range of cultural activities for all ages and interests. This week takes in a diverse selection of events, from murals and documentaries to 7” vinyl and, of course, the bard’s 400-year anniversary celebrations.