“Leonardo da Vinci”, the exhibition of superlatives at the Louvre

«Léonard de Vinci», l'exposition des superlatifs au Louvre

At the conclusion of negotiations between countries and museums, Rome has agreed to lend several designs including the famous “Vitruvian Man”, the work fragile, preserved at the accademia Gallery in Venice that will happen “imminently”, according to the Louvre.

October 19, 2019 20: 18

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“Leonardo da Vinci”, the exhibition of superlatives at the Louvre

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Agence France-Presse

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PARIS — 180 000 pre-reservations, 10 years of work, 160 exceptional works, some lent by the queen of England and Bill Gates… The exhibition, “Leonardo da Vinci”, which opens its doors Thursday at the Louvre, is already promising to be one of superlatives.

The hanging of the works is completed, the teams from the museum have been able to discover on Friday the exhibition organized in the framework of the 500 years of the death of the artist (1452-1519).

Seeing all these works together, “one almost has the impression of giving new life to the workshop of Leonardo da Vinci. We are extremely excited,” responded Vincent Delieuvin, curator in chief for heritage, department of paintings.

“You must come to be dazzled. We didn’t get out unscathed”, he slipped in while 180 000 tickets have already been purchased for this event are only available on reservation. A device put in place before the summer to cope with the crowds expected.

This exhibition offers the unique opportunity to admire ten paintings by the Renaissance master (11, taking into account the mona lisa), while only 20 paintings are ascribed by experts to Vinci. Among them, The Saint Anne, Saint John the Baptist and the Benois Madonna, lent by the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg.

A victim of its success, the mona lisa, the most famous painting in the Louvre which attracts nearly 30,000 visitors per day, will remain in the room of the Member of the museum but will be present via an experience in the virtual reality proposed in the end of course to visitors.

The Salvator Mundi, been missing since its purchase for a sum to dizzying heights a year ago and a half ($450 million), has little chance to be at the appointment. Officially, it was acquired to complement the collection of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

“The Louvre keeps its loan application so we hope that it will be there. If it is not there, we have 162 works, it is already a success. Only the Louvre was capable of such a meeting because we already have five original paintings of Leonardo da Vinci”, points out the museum.

Put on such exposure took 10 years of work and loan applications everywhere in the world, with the queen of England who lent 24 drawings, the British Museum, the Vatican and Italy in particular.

At the conclusion of negotiations between countries and museums, Rome has agreed to lend several drawings, including the famous Vitruvian Man, a work of fragile preserved at the accademia Gallery in Venice that will happen “imminently”, according to the museum.

Through a course in four time, the exhibition — until February 24, 2020 — features drawings, manuscripts, paintings, works of his contemporaries as well as réflectographies infrared to admire the painting technique of the Italian master.

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