Louvre Paris: Special Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition
Did you know that over 10 million people visited the Louvre Paris in 2018? That is nearly 30,000 people per day.
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The year 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, which is of particular importance for the Louvre, as it holds the most extensive collection in the world of da Vinci’s paintings, as well as 22 drawings.
The museum is seizing the opportunity in this year of commemorations to gather as many of the artist’s paintings as possible around the five core works in its collections: The Virgin of the Rocks, La Belle Ferronniére, the Mona Lisa (which will remain in the gallery where it is typically displayed), the Saint John the Baptist, and the Saint Anne. The objective is to place them alongside a wide array of drawings as well as a small but significant series of paintings and sculptures from the master’s circle.
This unprecedented retrospective of da Vinci’s painting career will illustrate how he placed the utmost importance on painting, and how his investigation of the world, which he referred to as “the science of painting,” was the instrument of his art, seeking nothing less than to bring life to his paintings.
The exhibition is the culmination of more than ten years of work, notably including new scientific examinations of the Louvre’s paintings, and the conservation treatment of three of them, allowing for better understanding of da Vinci’s artistic practice and pictorial technique. Clarification of his biography has also emerged through the exhaustive reexamination of archival documents. The exhibition will paint the portrait of a man and an artist of extraordinary freedom.
To ensure optimal visiting conditions for this much-awaited event, visitors will be required to make a reservation for a specific time slot for the “Leonardo da Vinci” exhibition (October 24, 2019– February 24, 2020). This shall apply to all visitors, including those entitled to free admission. The reservation service will be open as of June 18, 2019, at https://www.ticketlouvre.fr.
If you happen to be in Paris this fall and early winter, you might want to check out this special exhibit. And again, I say, hire a guide.
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