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Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci!

The leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci, was born on this day in 1452.

These are just a few of the drawings by da Vinci held in our Western Art Print Room, available to view by anyone by appointment. The Print Room is home to more than 270,000 prints & drawings. 

Images:

  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). A Maiden with a Unicorn. Pen and dark brown ink on white paper.
  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). A Unicorn. Pen and dark brown ink with metalpoint on white paper.
  •  Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). A Horseman in Combat with a Griffin. Silverpoint on a cream preparation, touched with the brush in bodycolour.
  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). Detail from a sheet of studies of Figures and of Machinery. Silverpoint on pale pink prepared paper.
  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). The Virgin and Child Adored. Lead point over indentations with the stylus on off-white paper.

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Thank you all so very much. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to all of you in this room. I have to congratulate the other incredible nominees this year. ‘The Revenant’ was the product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable cast and crew. First off, to my brother in this endeavor, Mr. Tom Hardy. Tom, your talent on screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off screen… thank you for creating a transcendent cinematic experience. Thank you to everybody at Fox and New Regency…my entire team. I have to thank everyone from the very onset of my career… To my parents, none of this would be possible without you. And to my friends, I love you dearly, you know who you are. And lastly I just want to say this: Making ‘The Revenant’ was about man’s relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.

                     - Leonardo Dicaprio Oscars 2016 (Best Actor in a leading role)

Final kiss of two stars heading for catastrophe

Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, an international team of astronomers have found the hottest and most massive double star with components so close that they touch each other. The two stars in the extreme system VFTS 352 could be heading for a dramatic end, during which the two stars either coalesce to create a single giant star, or form a binary black hole.

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