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Published 4 November 2019

Leonardo da Vinci

Exhibition

Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Thursday 24 October 2019 - Friday 24 January 2020
Ends in 71 days 23h

The year 2019 marks the 500-year anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci in France, of particular importance for the Louvre, which holds the largest collection in the world of da Vinci’s paintings, as well as 22 drawings.

 - Léonard de Vinci, Portrait d’une dame de la cour de Milan, dit à tort La Belle Ferronnière © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado
Preview thumbnail for artwork Léonard de Vinci, Portrait d’une dame de la cour de Milan, dit à tort La Belle Ferronnière © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado
Preview thumbnail for artwork Léonard de Vinci, Vierge à l’Enfant, dite Madone Benois © The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
Preview thumbnail for artwork Léonard de Vinci, Saint Jérôme pénitent, Photo © Governatorate of the Vatican City State - Vatican Museums. All rights reserved
Preview thumbnail for artwork Léonard de Vinci, Sainte A nne, la Vierge et l’Enfant Jésus, dite La Sainte Anne © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre). René-Gabriel Ojéda
Preview thumbnail for artwork Léonard de Vinci, Saint Jean Baptiste, vers 1508-1519. Huile sur bois (noyer). H. 72,9 ; L. 56,3 cm. Paris, musée du Louvre, département des Peintures, INV. 775 © RMNGrand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado
Preview thumbnail for artwork Léonard de Vinci, Étude de mains. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
Preview thumbnail for artwork Léonard de Vinci, Étude de figure pour l’ange de la Vierge aux rochers © Licensed by the Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali - Musei Reali - Biblioteca Reale di Torino
Preview thumbnail for artwork Léonard de Vinci, Étoile de Bethléem, Anémone des bois, Euphorbe Petite Éclaire. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
Preview thumbnail for artwork Léonard de Vinci, Étude pour la Sainte Anne : le manteau de la Vierge © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado
Preview thumbnail for artwork Léonard de Vinci, Draperie Saint-Morys. Figure assise © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado
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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 Ferronnière, the Mona Lisa (which will remain in the gallery where it is normally 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 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.

Organized by Vincent Delieuvin, Department of Paintings, and Louis Frank, Department of Prints and Drawings, Musée du Louvre.
 - Léonard de Vinci, Vierge à l’Enfant, dite Madone Benois © The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
 - Léonard de Vinci, Saint Jérôme pénitent, Photo © Governatorate of the Vatican City State - Vatican Museums. All rights reserved
 - Léonard de Vinci, Sainte A nne, la Vierge et l’Enfant Jésus, dite La Sainte Anne © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre). René-Gabriel Ojéda
 - Léonard de Vinci, Saint Jean Baptiste, vers 1508-1519. Huile sur bois (noyer). H. 72,9 ; L. 56,3 cm. Paris, musée du Louvre, département des Peintures, INV. 775 © RMNGrand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado
 - Léonard de Vinci, Étude de mains. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
 - Léonard de Vinci, Étude de figure pour l’ange de la Vierge aux rochers © Licensed by the Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali - Musei Reali - Biblioteca Reale di Torino
 - Léonard de Vinci, Étoile de Bethléem, Anémone des bois, Euphorbe Petite Éclaire. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
 - Léonard de Vinci, Étude pour la Sainte Anne : le manteau de la Vierge © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado
 - Léonard de Vinci, Draperie Saint-Morys. Figure assise © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado
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