Awaiting visitors now to discover in the Brideman Archive at the Royal Library of Turin are new da Vinci drawings. And since the death of Leonardo da Vinci is celebrating its 500th anniversary on 2 May, Bridgeman is particularly delighted to present these works by the universal genius – from the Codex on the Flight of Birds to horse studies for the equestrian statue of Francesco Sforza.
The Royal Library of Turin (Biblioteca Reale di Torino) is one of the largest museum complexes in Europe: the Royal Museums. It is part of the Palazzo Reale and was inhabited until 1946 by the Savoy. The library was founded in 1837 when Turin was the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia. It was founded upon the initiative of King Carlo Alberto of Sardinia (1798-1849) to safeguard his private library and the rare manuscripts from the collection from the House of Savoy. By means of further purchases, Alberto increased the collection by 2000 drawings from Old Masters, including thirteen study sheets by Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).
The Royal Library of Turin is the first institution to publish new image content as part of a cooperation between MiBAC and Bridgeman Images.
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