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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London's National Gallery to host Leonardo da Vinci exhibition

24th June 2011

An exciting new exhibition showcasing the work of Leonardo da Vinci is coming to the National Gallery later this year and art lovers could book luxury London hotels now in preparation.

From November 9th to February 5th, visitors will be able to see what will be the most complete display of the Renaissance artist's surviving paintings ever held.

Previous exhibitions have examined da Vinci's work as an inventor and draftsman, but this is the first time a gallery showing has been entirely dedicated to his paintings and the techniques he used to create them.

It will look at the artist's pursuit of perfection and his desire to represent the human form exactly as it appears in reality.

Da Vinci is renowned for his interest in physiognomy and his innovative use of light and tone to show real human emotion on the faces of his subjects.

The figurative composition of his paintings and the techniques he used in layering on the paint to create his masterpieces also make his work unique.

Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan, will bring together international loans with works already held in the UK, concentrating in particular on the artist's career as a court painter to Duke Lodovico Sforza in the late 1400s.

Works will include La Belle Ferroniere from the Louvre in Paris, the Madonna Litta from Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and Saint Jerome from the Vatican Pinacoteca gallery in Rome.

Visitors will also be able to take in a full-scale copy of the famous Last Supper painting as well as preparatory drawings produced by the artist himself, giving them an insight into how his famous work was conceived.

Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now and advance booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

London's National Gallery is located in Trafalgar Square, around a 30-minute walk from The Montcalm hotel, or a short journey on the Tube from Marble Arch to Charing Cross, changing at Oxford Circus.
 


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