Universal Leonardo exhibition programme comes to an end

The Universal Leonardo exhibition programme terminates with the last exhibitions, the Victoria & Albert Museum's Leonardo da Vinci: Experience, Experiment and Design and the Uffizi's The Mind of Leonardo, closing on 7 January 2007.

The Europe-wide programme has generated a great interest in Leonardo both from the press and members of the public.

The Munich exhibition of Leonardo's Madonna of the Carnation registered record visitor numbers and was very successful. Curator Cornelia Syre commented:

"People said that they now see our Madonna of the Carnation with different eyes, in a new light, so the purpose of the show was completely fulfilled."
The V&A show was visited by more than 100,000 people and extensively well reviewed. Charles Darwent, from The Independent on Sunday, wrote:

"I can think of no greater praise than to say that Leonardo would have loved this show."

And Sir Timothy Clifford in Country Life,

"scrupulously chosen, fascinatingly presented, and highly informative.”

The Oxford exhibitions trail included original Leonardo drawings held at the Ashmolean Museum and Christ Church, scientific instruments that Leonardo might have used in his days from the Museum of Science, one of the early copies of the Last Supper at Magdalen College and a child-oriented plants trail offered by the Botanic Garden.

A video clip on the Oxford exhibitions with comments from Prof Martin kemp and Catherine Whistler, Curator of Italian Art, Ashmolean Museum, is available from the British Satellite News web site.

Information on all the Universal Leonardo past exhibitions is still available on the Universal Leonardo web site.

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