September 28 - November 9, 2008
Group of Leonardo Drawings Shown for First Time in U.S.
The Birmingham Museum of Art hosted host one of the most significant groups of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci to be loaned to a U.S. museum by the Biblioteca Reale (Royal Library) in Turin, Italy from September 28 through November 9, 2008. Organized by the Birmingham Museum of Art, the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Drawings from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin encompasses one of Leonardo's most celebrated notebooks, the Codex on the Flight of Birds, and 11 important drawings, including one described by Bernard Berenson as the "most beautiful drawing in the world." The drawings have never before traveled as a group nor in their entirety been made available outside of Italy.
Additional support provided by:
Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation
The Robert Lehman Foundation
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
An indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities
The Members of the Birmingham Museum of Art
EBSCO Industries, Inc.
The City of Birmingham
Friends of Leonardo
This exhibition was made possible by the Foundation for Italian Art & Culture.
Special thanks to Maurizio Fallace, Director General of Cultural Patrimony, and Liliana Pittarello, Regional Director of Cultural Patrimony, of the Italian Ministry of Culture.