Leonardo with a side of Michelangelo

My alma mater scored quite a coup in securing 25 Leonardo da Vinci drawings along with nine by Michelangelo Buonarotti–yes, that’s the Michelangelo.  “Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty” runs from February 21 to April 5 at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Most of the works shown come from the Uffizi in Florence, and a few from the Biblioteca Reale in Milan.  One is a newly discovered Leonardo self-portrait, drawn around the age of 53, accessible for the first time in the US.

Since I’ll see the exhibit on the 28th, I’ll miss “The Pathless Woods” opening at Alchemy Fine Art in Asheville on the 27th. Check out Alchemy’s site, and see what a special place it is.  On its event page, you’ll notice a twice-weekly figure drawing session, where local artists gather and do what Leonardo and Michelangelo did.

Namely this:

Figure studies in red sanguine chalk.

Figure studies in red sanguine chalk on paper prepared for traditional gesso.

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