Byline: KAREN PRICE
HE is the artist behind the world's most famous painting.
For centuries, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa has been regarded as one of the most popular and influential works of the Renaissance period.
Millions of people travel to the Louvre gallery in Paris just to view his portrait of the enigmatic woman.
A selection of his other works, including his depiction of the Last Supper, also received critical acclaim and helped lead to him being described as a genius.
Now almost five centuries after his death, 10 of Da Vinci's finest drawings are touring a handful of galleries in the UK.
The collection, which is housed in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, will arrive in Wales this week.
The exhibition has been organised as part of the celebrations to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
The drawings have been carefully selected to reflect all stages of the artist's career and the wide range of his interests, including architecture, engineering, anatomy, optics, geology and botany.
The exhibition includes dramatic studies of the sea god Neptune, a cataclysmic tempest overwhelming a landscape and of mortars bombarding a fortress.
There are delicate drawings of a beautiful youth in profile, the drapery of a kneeling figure and a sprig of blackberry plant.
The highly-finished map of southern Tuscany and the studies of a horse in three positions, the anatomy of a shoulder and of the science of light and shadows reveal other aspects of da Vinci's work.
"Leonardo raised the status of artists in society and challenged many perceptions, breaking new ground and pushing the boundaries of knowledge in both science and art, " said Karen Mackinnon, exhibitions officer at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea, where the exhibition will open to the public on Saturday. …