‘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.
In just a few short years The Vaults, nestled under Waterloo station, has become one of London’s most exciting art spaces. It all started with The Vaults Festival which has rapidly become one of the capital’s largest Fringe theatre events, and have recently staged productions ranging from Goosebumps Live to a musical about mod icons The Small Faces. We chatted to founder and director Kieron Vanstone about the venue, its history and his dreams for the future.
With a mayoral election just behind us and a referendum ahead, questions of identity are being posed more than ever across the country. Our picks of the week’s events explore different notions of identity, from the refugee camp at Calais to America’s misrepresented minorities. Our other choices look at a single businessman’s life unraveling on a trip to London and how technology is shaping our lives.
It feels as if we’ve only just had a bank holiday and then another one pops its head up. Such is the glory of May! Make the most of the (hopefully) sunny week and another long weekend with some of our top picks: graffiti festivals and pub theatres, performance art, free films and the Sunday papers brought to life.
You may think that Pop Art is exclusively the domain of Marylin Monroe and Brillo boxes, but the latest exhibition at Tornabuoni Art London aims to subvert expectations and shines a light on the Pop of the Mediterranean.