Louvre Presents Leonardo da Vinci

The Louvre presents today “Leonardo da Vinci – Drawings and Manuscripts,” on view through July 14, 2003. This is the first exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci for over 50 years. Born in 1452, around 30 kilometres from Florence, Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 in France, after being invited to the French court by King Francis I. The exhibition, which illustrates all the many sides of this protean genius, will present 130 drawings, 88 of which are by Leonardo da Vinci, and the 12 manuscripts kept in the library of the Institut de France, which are loaned here for the first time since 1952. Extraordinary pages devoted to architecture and scientific inquiry will be shown to the public for the first time, alongside portraits, battle scenes and studies for some of his most famous paintings.
The drawings come not only from the collections of the Louvre (one of the three richest in the world), but also from the United States, Great Britain, Italy, Germany. The exhibition was curated by Francoise Viatte and Varena Forcione.

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