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UK to hold unique Da Vinci exhibition
Tue May 10, 2011 9:21AM
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'Belle Ferronniere' by Leonardo da Vinci
The British Museum will hold a record-breaking exhibition of works by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci showcasing the largest ever number of his rare surviving paintings.

Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan will focus on the works da Vinci created in the 1480s and 1490s when he used to be a court painter in Milan, working for the city's ruler Ludovico Maria Sforza.

Due to be held from November 9, 2011 to February 5, 2012, the exhibition will display 60 paintings and drawings by the great artist, as well as pictures by some of his closest collaborators.

Visitors will be able to see international loans never seen in the UK as well as works from private and institutional lenders.

The London museum will cut down on the numbers of viewers during the exhibition giving the public more space and visual access to the works.

Portrait of a Musician, Saint Jerome, The Lady with an Ermine, Belle Ferronniere, and the National Gallery's own recently restored Virgin of the Rocks will be among the displayed items.

The event will also showcase the famous Last Supper and a near contemporary, full-scale copy of the work by da Vinci's pupil Giampietrino (1500-1550), on loan from the Royal Academy.

Visitors will get the chance to see more than 50 drawings relating to the paintings for the first time, including 33 sketches and studies from the Royal Collection.

The Courtauld Gallery, the Fitzwillam and Ashmolean Museums, the National Galleries of Scotland and St Petersburg's Hermitage Museum have contributed to the exhibition along with museums and art centers from Paris, Florence, Venice and New York.

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