9 Aug-5 Nov 2006. The work of intellectual and artistic genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) acts as a guide in discovering the rich collections of the University of Oxford via an itinerary that takes in the Ashmolean Museum, the Botanic Gardens, Christ Church Picture Gallery, the Museum of the History of Science and Magdalen College Chapel. At the Ashmolean, the Imagining Leonardo exhibition focuses on Leonardos influence on artists, scholars and collectors, presenting a core group of his drawings, alongside works by other artists including The Forest Fire by Piero di Cosimo. The Botanic Gardens hosts an activity-based exhibition entitled Leonardos Plants (9 Aug-30 Sept) which includes a trail allowing younger visitors to discover examples of plants and flowers drawn by the Renaissance master. Leonardo and the Mathematical Arts at the Museum of the History of Science explores the mathematical culture of Italy in the 15th & 16th centuries, with instruments for astronomy, time-telling, surveying and drawing on display. An early version on canvas of Leonardos famous painting The Last Supper, by Giampietrino, a Milanese contemporary of da Vinci, is on display in the late-15th century setting of the ante-chapel of Magdalen College. The Discovering the World of Leonardo in Oxfords Collections exhibition has been organised in association with Universal Leonardo, a Europe wide project. Admission free. Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 12.00-17.00, bank holidays 10.00-17.00. Closed for the St Giles Fair: 3-5 Sept 2006.
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Leonardo in Oxford Universitys collections.
The Ashmolean, Britains oldest museum, is on Beaumont Street, opposite the Randolph Hotel, just 5 minutes walk from the Oxford railway station. Tel. +44 (0)1865 278000