At home by Mona Lisa, retrospective of the life and work of da Vinci


PARIS (Reuters) – the French Louvre museum, which contains Leona da Vinci's Mona Lisa, concludes one of the greatest exhibitions of the Italian master's work with the presence of the most expensive painting outstanding.

In this picture there is an infrared view of the painting "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci during a visit to the exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci" to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his death at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, 20 October, 2019. REUTERS / Tessier Benoit

The Louvre has produced over 160 paintings, sculptures, letters and drawings from the Renaissance period in an exhibition to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of the Italian master.

Salvator Mundi, a painting given to da Vinci and sales of Christie's auctioneers in 2017 for $ 450 million, and many art experts who have been in the Gulf, will still be seen.

Louvre executives asked that they be taken into account and hope that he will come to the show, which would bring further interest in the run up to the opening.

Da Vinci left his native Italy when his patron died and spent his final years in France as a French monarch guest, until his death in May 1519 in his home city of Loire.

The exhibition, which opens on Thursday 24 October, shows 10 of the paintings now attributed to da Vinci, including those held in the Louvre – Saint Anne, Saint John the Baptist, the Virgin of the Rocks and La Belle Ferronnière – t and works lent by other institutions.

Last week, a Venetian judge authorized a number of da Vinci drawings to lend, including the famous “Man of Vitruve”, which will appear for two months in Paris due to its vulnerability.

Specialists do not agree on the exact number of works that can be attributed to the artist, some of whom are at 14 and others are 17.

The da Vinci exhibition consists of two dozen drawings by Queen Elizabeth II, as well as pictures and drawings. Some of the works are by Da Vinci himself, although some are by other artists and are there to contextualise the maestro of Italy.

The exhibition also features infra-red imaging of paintings by da Vinci, revealing the workings of the finished picture, so gives an insight into his work methods.

“Leonardo da Vinci paints very slowly. Each painting has a long history of appearance and content ”, said Vincent Delieuvin, guardian of the Louvre Paintings department.

Diplomatic matters were shaded by the organization of the Paris show, and former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said da Vinci was Italian, rather than French.

When his patron Giuliano de Medici died, da Vinci left Italy for France at the invitation of François I. from France. residence of Amboise.

Mona Lisa, his most famous work, has hung in the Louvre from the French revolution and is visited by about 30,000 visitors every day. This painting is not part of the exhibition.

The museum expects the da Vinci exhibition to attract at least half a million visitors by the time it closes on 24 February.

Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; Edited by Christian Lowe and David Holmes

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