Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Exhibition
Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention
special drawings exhibition, J. Paul Getty Museum
. © J. Paul Getty Trust 2010.
This focused exhibition examines just one facet of Leonardo da Vinci's prodigious talents: his activity in the field of sculpture. Ambitious and detailed plans for enormous equestrian monuments, which were never realized, can only be understood through his drawings. Famous and breathtaking sculptures by Donatello (Italian, about 1386–1466), Leonardo's inspiration, and his close associate Giovan Francesco Rustici (Italian, 1474–1554)—some of which have never left Florence—convey a sense of Leonardo's astounding achievements.
The exhibition also examines many of Leonardo's drawings, highlighting his working method of sketching ideas and notes for his artistic compositions and devices, which do not survive.