TEYLERS MUSEUM IN HAARLEM
SHOWS ORIGINALS LEONARDO DA VINCI
Until the 6th of January 2019, Teylers Museum will organize a major exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci.
After high-profile exhibitions on Michelangelo (2005) and Rafael (2012), the museum now turns its attention
to one of the most versatile and famous Renaissance artists. It is the first time the visitor can view
so many orignal Da Vinci art pieces in The Netherlands. His drawings and dozens of pieces of his contemporaries
are coming from world wide famous collections. A must see!
Realizing a dream
Five years ago, Teylers Museum started on realizing a dream: the first major exhibition in the Netherlands of Da Vinci’s orginial drawings. Leonardo’s work is scattered around museums throughout the world and it’s a challenge to get such iconic objects on loan.
The immense versatility and unique talent of Leonardo are manifested in diverse work: from a beautiful Mona Lisa-like lady to powerful warriors in the thick of the battle. In the caricature sketches from the British Queen collection, you can see how the grandmaster examines the most bizarre types. In 2019 the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death is commemorated. Teylers kicks off the jubilee festivities with this must see exhibition.
Character and emotion
In his time (1452-1519), Da Vinci was already famous for his unprecedented ability for portraying human characters and emotions convincingly. He was one of the first artists who were fascinated by the relationship between the inner and the outer. This is evident not only from his famous paintings such as the Mona Lisa, but even more it shows in the dozens of drawings he made of the human face.
The Last Supper
In The Last Supper Leonardo’s knowledge about the representation of emotions and characters is combined. From the moment of completion, the mural was famous for Leonardo’s successful ‘typecasting’ of the apostles, and because of the vivid and convincing way in which he had depicted their varying reactions to the words of Jesus, such as confusion, dismay, astonishment, anger and grief. Never before has there been an exhibition devoted to this so important aspect of Leonardo’s oeuvre. Specialist in this field is Michael Kwakkelstein, director of the Dutch Art History Institute in Florence and former curator of Teylers Museum and guest curator of this exhibition.
Loans are drawn from the collections of the Queen of England, the National Museum in Budapest, the Albertina in Vienna, the Louvre in Paris and many others. In total, several dozens of drawings by Leonardo himself and a number of works by his followers will be on show. As frescoes, The Last Supper obviously can not travel, however it will be present at the exhibition in its original size in a very special way. Come and see!