Vancouver Art Gallery Presents Renowned Group of Leonardo Da Vinci Drawings for the First Time

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada -- Some of the most important drawings of the human body ever created will be presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from February 6 to May 2. For the first time in history, the anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci's Anatomical Manuscript A will be on view in their entirety in the exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man." Generously loaned from the Royal Collection by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for presentation during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition will be free to the public during the 17 days of the Olympic Games as the result of a partnership with the Province of British Columbia.

"The drawings included in this magnificent presentation reveal the beauty and wonder of the human body in ways that had never been conceived before. They are extraordinary images and it is with great pride and much appreciation to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that the Vancouver Art Gallery presents them to the world during this exciting time in our city's history," says Kathleen Bartels, Vancouver Art Gallery director. "Together with an exceptional program of exhibitions during the time of the Winter Games, this landmark exhibition allows us to excel in our mission to present the best of the world's visual culture, both past and present, to audiences from far and wide. …