Da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan comes to London

An exhibition of some of Leonardo da Vinci's rarest works is to open in London this week.

Guests staying at hotels in Park Lane will be just a short walk from the National Gallery where this unique collection is being shown.

Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan is the most complete display of the artist's rare works, bringing together loans from a number of leading collections and institutes around the world.

Known as much for his work in science, design and even code writing, da Vinci the painter will be examined closely in this exhibition, focusing specifically on the time he spent as a court painter for Duke Lodovico Sforza in Milan in the late 1480s and 1490s.

This particular show will not feature his most famous piece The Mona Lisa, but a number of his other leading ladies will feature.

Works on display include La Belle Ferronière (Portrait of a Woman) on loan from the Louvre and the Madonna Litta from the Hermitage Saint Petersburg.

For the first time ever two versions of Leonardo's Virgin of the Rocks will also be shown together. The Louvre has agreed to lend its copy of this masterpiece, but the edition from the National Gallery makes a special appearance as it has been recently restored.

Completing the collection is a full-scale copy of Leonardo's famous Last Supper completed by his apprentice Giampietrino.

Those thinking of booking central London hotels will be able to see the masterpieces from November 9th to February 5th 2012.

For those who are well acquainted with Leonardo's life and works, there will be a number of discussions and lectures held at the gallery throughout November and December, giving art experts the chance to share their views on the great master.

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