The British Library will be marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death by bringing together pages from three of his extraordinary notebooks: the Codex Arundel, Codex Forster and Codex Leicester.
The Codex Leicester is widely considered to be one of Leonardo's most important scientific notebooks, and this will be the first time it has been displayed in the UK since it was purchased by Bill Gates.
The exhibition will focus on his fascination with motion, and include many intricate drawings and diagrams, and examples of his famous mirror writing. Amongst the detailed studies are his thoughts on natural phenomena like water, and insights into subjects as varied as the waves, wind, and the nature of light and shadow. You'll also see some of his designs for an underwater breathing apparatus, and a perpetual motion wheel that was thought capable of producing energy.
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Writing — Making Your Mark – 26 Apr to 27 Aug 2019 – This exhibition will explore the history of writing from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs right up to our modern communication tools
Japanese Manga exhibition – 23 May to 26 Aug 2019 – An exhibition of Japanese manga art exploring its cultural crossover and the global appeal of anime and cosplay dressing up
Wallace & Gromit Model Making Workshop – 27 May 2019 – The creators of Wallace & Gromit will be putting on a Model Making Workshop where you can make your very own Gromit
Frank Bowling at Tate Britain – 31 May to 26 Aug 2019 – A major new exhibition at Tate Britain that covers the entire career of abstract painter Frank Bowling from the 1960s to the present day
Kiss My Genders — Hayward Gallery – 12 Jun to 8 Sep 2019 – This group exhibition will explore the idea of gender fluidity with artworks that challenge the accepted definitions of gender
Natalia Goncharova at the Tate Modern – 6 Jun to 8 Sep 2019 – The Tate Modern will be putting on a major retrospective of the work by Russian avant-garde artist Natalia Goncharova
Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts – 10 Jun to 13 Aug 2019 – The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is the largest open art exhibition in the world, attracting 12,000 entrants
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If you enjoy British Library then you might like to visit Charles Dickens Museum (walk it in 14 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Russell Square), Dr. Johnson’s House (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Temple), Globe Theatre (catch the train from Kings Cross St Pancras to Southwark), Keats’ House (catch the train from Kings Cross St Pancras to Hampstead) and Sherlock Holmes Museum (walk it in 30 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Baker Street)
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