Leonardo da Vinci: Portrait of a Genius

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Leonardo da Vinci: Portrait of a Genius

If you were hoping that Tokyo might be able to muster a show of the same calibre as the National Gallery's acclaimed Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan, carry on dreaming. Of the over 100 paintings, sketches and writings featured in this heavily promoted exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, only a handful come from the hand of the Renaissance master himself (even the provenance of the 1490 Portrait of a Musician, pictured above, is disputed). The remainder of the show is given over to works by contemporaries and students – drawn from the collection of Rome's Biblioteca Ambrosiana – which do at least provide some valuable context for da Vinci's oeuvre.

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