The Last Leonardo

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Last year I was fortunate enough to attend a lecture by Martin Clayton, Senior Curator at the Royal Collection, and one of the world’s leading authorities on the sketchbooks of Leonardo Da Vinci that the Collection maintains – He was speaking at the Bristol Museum on the opening night of the Da Vinci drawings loan exhibition.

Personally I consider those sketchbooks to be among the most inspirational bodies of work of all time, and after the lecture I was keen to ask Martin a question I had been wondering for a while. A great deal has been written about the brilliance of Da Vinci as an inventor, an engineer, an astronomer, a physicist, an anatomist and a mathematician, and sometimes even as an architect. Many sketches survive showing designs for houses, palaces and even cities – but it was my understanding that none were ever known to have been built.

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