Leonardo Da Vinci drawings go on display at Buckingham Palace

Leonardo da Vinci's thumbprint and preparatory sketches for some of his most famous works are going on display to the public at Buckingham Palace, in what is being billed as the biggest exhibition of the artist's work in more than 65 years.

Sketches of Leonardo Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper at a Life in Drawing'

Marking 500 years since his death, Leonardo Da Vinci: 'A Life in Drawing', which opens at The Queen's Gallery on Friday, boasts more than 200 drawings by the Renaissance artist, taken from the unrivalled holdings in Britain's Royal Collection.

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The drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci, acquired during the reign on Charles II

''The drawings show that Leonardo was a serious practitioner of sculpture, architecture, engineering and a scientist in many different fields," said Martin Clayton, exhibition curator and head of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust.

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Royal Collection Trust staff pose beside some of Leonardo Da Vinci's anatomical studies at A Life in Drawing

His anatomical studies are also on display, including one that Clayton said "was used by him to prepare his artistic projects, but also to conduct his scientific investigations."

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Two surviving portraits of his works 'The Last Supper' and 'Salvator Mundi'

"Leonardo knew that these drawings at the end of his life were the only real record of what he had worked on and what he had achieved, and so if you want to understand Leonardo in the round, drawing is the only way that you can do that," Clayton said. "This exhibition gives visitors a full picture of Leonardo."

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