Carmen Bambach, curator, Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

No western artist has been as eloquent as Leonardo da Vinci in his art and writings about the themes of aesthetic beauty and grotesque ugliness. See how our perceptions of these opposites on view in the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty” have endured through the lens of his work as an artist, author, scientist, and inventor.

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Above:  Leonardo da Vinci, Two Heads in Profile, about 1500 (red chalk on paper), Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy / Bridgeman Images.