Louvre your work: Leonardo show rakes in the punters
Blockbuster exhibition showcases work by the Renaissance polymath 500 years after he died
Nearly 200,000 people reserved their place for the “Leonardo da Vinci” exhibition that opened on October 24, the biggest ever organised to showcase the Tuscan polymath’s indelible contributions to humanity – with an emphasis on his painting.
Timed to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death, and a decade of planning, the show groups 162 works, including 24 drawings loaned by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain from the Royal Collection.
The British Museum, the Hermitage of Saint Petersburg and the Vatican have also contributed, as well as Italy – after a sometimes acrimonious tug-of-war between Rome and Paris over the loans...