Sick City Project

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Sick City Walks at the Palace

A 1651 etching by Wenceslaus Hollar, based on one of Leonardo's anatomical studies. Wellcome Library, London.

A 1651 etching by Wenceslaus Hollar, based on one of Leonardo’s anatomical studies. Wellcome Library, London.

‘Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist’ opens at the Queen’s Gallery on Friday 4 May – the largest exhibition yet staged on Leonardo’s anatomical and physiological investigations. This is a rare opportunity to get close to Leonardo’s crisp, confident sketches (annotated in his strikingly fluid mirror script), and also to revisit those perennial questions about Leonardo’s influence and his place in the landscape of Renaissance thought. And if you want to hear more about the connections between Renaissance anatomy and a certain minor sporting event in London over the summer, here’s Olympian Jonathan Edwards giving his thoughts on the exhibition.

Having had a sneak preview last week, in the company of Vicki Pipe, Learning Project Manager for the Royal Collections, I’m thoroughly looking forward to a second visit – not least at a Bloggers’ Breakfast next Wednesday, during which I’ll be recording a Sick City Talk with one of the curators. And keep an eye out for a new Sick City Walk – tentatively titled ‘Sensational Bodies: London’s Golden Age of Anatomy’ – which I’ll be leading in association with the Queen’s Gallery in July.

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