A simultaneous exhibition in various locations in Great Britain and four delicate works on show in New York. 2019 is the year of the Tuscan genius. And that means in tattoo too.

Exactly five hundred year after the death of Leonardo da Vinci (in Amboise, France, on 2nd May 1519) and in the wake of the marvellous documentary ‘Leonardo Cinquecento’ (see trailer below), now experts have even come across a thumb print of the Tuscan genius.

The prestigious find was made in England among the autographs in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. There are actually two fingerprints and the second (that of the thumb) according to archivist Alan Donnithorne, is “the most convincing and credible candidate for an authentic fingerprint of Leonardo da Vinci”.

Sean Herman, The Bell Rose, Daphne, USA
Sean Herman, The Bell Rose, Daphne, USA

The discovery will be presented to the British public on the occasion of the simultaneous shows “Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing” to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of the man behind the ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘Last Supper’ which can be seen in twelve cities in the United Kingdom.

From 1st February to 6th May the collection can be seen at the National Museum of Cardiff but also in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Sunderland.

In May too, the exhibition will be on display in London in the prestigious Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. Fingerprint included.

Victor Chil, Family Art Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain
Victor Chil, Family Art Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain

From 28th February to 28th April next, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will be showing four rare and fragile drawings of Leonardo’s as part of the exhibition “Selections from the Department of Prints and Drawings: Leonardo da Vinci”. These drawings are exhibited very rarely (the last time was in 2003) due to their enormous sensitivity to light.

“Selections…” is curated by Carmen Bambach, head of Prints and Drawings at the New York museum and author of the book “Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered” which comes out next July all’interessamento della Yale University Press. So this is the year everyone will be talking about who has come to represent all that is great the greatest in human creativity and genius.