‘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.
Happy Chinese New Year! Celebrate in style by heading to the annual parade. It’s also Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day this week, so if you needed any excuses for total indulgence, there are three pretty good ones. There are also lots of major exhibitions opening this week, as well as some exciting music at the Vault Festival.
Kilburn and Queen’s Park are two very different areas. While one is all about its nice park with yummy mummies and pétanque, the other is centred on its crowded, multicultural high road which still bears witness to its past as ‘County Kilburn’, with a large number of Irish pubs. Together, however, they make quite the cultural powerhouse. And here’s why…