The Renaissance is coming to the Museum of Fine Arts! Starting April 15, Boston’s MFA will host for two months an intimate exhibition featuring drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. Titled “Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty,” the exhibition’s centerpiece will be the study of an angel, which art historian Sir Kenneth Clark has called “the most beautiful in the world.”
Leonardo da Vinci’s accomplishments in art and science find their common ground in his drawings, into which he poured the full fervor of his intelligence and creative powers. Throughout his career, the Renaissance master experimented with various types of drawings: scientific studies, grotesque caricatures of craggy faces and the most beautiful faces of men and women that he could imagine. Many of Leonardo’s most admired drawings will be featured in this rich and varied selection of 29 sheets and a manuscript. The opening date, April 15, also coincides with Leonardo’s birthday… his 563rd, to be exact.
One revelation for visitors will be the rarely displayed “Codex on Flight,” one of Leonardo’s most perceptive scientific explorations, with a nearly hidden self-portrait of the artist as a young man.