The Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre is an unprecedented opportunity for art lovers! 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death and the Louvre museum will honour him.
Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre museum: historical context
In 1516 Leonardo da Vinci arrived in France after the invitation of the new French king: François 1st. Leonardo left Italy around November 1516 and moved to the Clos Lucé Castle. This charming property that the king gave him was located next to the royal residence at Amboise. Francois 1st had the artist stay in this ideal location and made him “the first painter, engineer and King’s architect” of France. Leonardo da Vinci lived at the Clos Lucé for the last three years of his life. In this chateau, he worked on a few masterpieces that he never wanted to be separated from: the Mona Lisa, Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist.
For this reason, the Louvre museum possesses one-third of all DeVinci’s most famous artworks, like the painting that Leonardo brought to France or the one bought by Francois 1st. These masterpieces entered the royal collection to be joined with La Belle Ferronnière and The Virgin of the Rocks already acquired by Louis XII.
October 2019 save the date for Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre museum
The following dates must be saved urgently: October the 24th 2019 to February 24th 2020! Indeed it will be the 500-year celebration of the great Italian master’s death. For this occasion, the Louvre museum will organize an unprecedented retrospective of the artist. The exhibition Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre is prepared around the 5 masterpieces as compared to numerous drawings, paintings and sculptures. These 5 main paintings are the ones quoted earlier – and are owned by the Louvre: La Belle Ferronnière and The Virgin of the Rocks, the Mona Lisa, Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist.
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Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre museum – from October the 24th 2019 to February 24th 2020
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