Studies for the Christ Child with a Lamb (detail), Leonardo da Vinci, about 1503–1506, black chalk, pen and brown ink. J. Paul Getty Museum

Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years


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To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death (on May 2, 1519 in Amboise, France), the Getty Museum is placing on view the two rare drawings by the master from its collection. Incorporating draft studies for paintings, sculpture, machinery, and human physiognomy, along with his characteristic “mirror-writing,” the two sheets present a fascinating glimpse into the mind of this celebrated Renaissance polymath.

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