Leonardo in Britain: Collections and reception

This event was held from 25 May 2016 to 27 May 2016

25–27 May 2016

Birkbeck College, The National Gallery, and The Warburg Institute

25 May, Birkbeck College: Free admission (book tickets) FULLY BOOKED

26 May, The National Gallery: £55/£48 senior citizens/£45 Members and Leonardo da Vinici Society members/£28 students

27 May, The Warburg Institute: £15 FULLY BOOKED

Explore the important role and impact of Leonardo’s paintings and drawings in key British private and public collections

With a focus on the reception of Leonardo in Britain, this conference also looks at the broader British context of the reception of his art and science by addressing selected manuscripts and the first English editions of his 'Treatise on Painting', as well as historiographical approaches to Leonardo.

Initially conceived as a collaborative project between the late Romano Nanni, former director of the Biblioteca Leonardiana, Vinci and Juliana Barone at Birkbeck College, University of London, the conference has developed into a wider collaboration between these two institutions and the National Gallery, the Warburg Institute, London, and the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence.

The conference has received support from the Paul Mellon Centre, the British Museum, and the Leonardo da Vinci Society, London.


This is a three-day conference, with each day held at the different partner institutions:

25 May: Birkbeck College, London

26 May: The National Gallery, London

27 May: The Warburg Institute, London

PDF fileDownload the conference programme [PDF 76kb] 


Supported by

Jean Luc Baroni Ltd


Image above: Detail from Leonardo da Vinci, The Burlington House Cartoon, about 1499-1500