'Most complete expo of Da Vinci's paintings' will be a sell-out in London

Leonardo da Vinci was a jack of all trades and master of… them all. The epitome of a Renaissance Man, the inventor, scientist, musician and writer is arguably best known for his artwork.

And what an opportunity is coming to London later in the year for admirers of the man behind the Mona Lisa.

The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is set to host what it is calling "the most complete display of Leonardo's rare surviving paintings ever held".

The exhibition will centre on the works he produced in Milan during the 1480s and 1490s while employed as the court painter to Duke Lodovico Sforza.

A full-size replica of the Last Supper will be on display

Running from November 9 to February 5, the exhibition will include pieces such as La Belle Ferronière, the Madonna Litta, and Saint Jerome, all donated from galleries throughout the world.

The climax of the exhibition will be preparatory drawings by da Vinci and a full-scale replica of the Last Supper, made by a contemporary, which will demonstrate the processes behind the mural at the Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery in Milan.

Art investors hoping to attend the exhibition are advised to act quickly, as the £25 tickets are expected to sell out fast, especially as just 180 places are available per 30 minute slot, 50 less than usual.

In 2009, a work that had recently changed hands for just £12,000 was found to contain the fingerprint of Da Vinci, suggesting it may have been a "lost" work.


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