Da Vinci Exhibition opens

Experience Mona Lisa in virtual reality exhibit


After more than ten years of preparation, the Louvre museum in Paris opened the biggest ever showcase of Da Vinci’s works. The exhibition will run until 24 February 2020.


Da Vinci's drawing Vitruvian Man refers to his study of the proportions of man

Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings such as the Last Supper and the Mona Lisa or the drawing of the Vitruvian Man are amongst the most celebrated artworks in the world.


500 years after the artists death, more than 160 paintings and drawings are now displayed in the French museum. For the first time, infrared imaging technology and virtual reality is used to explore and explain the artworks.

“Shining infrared light on some of his most famous artworks has revealed a number of secrets, with multiple layers of drawings discovered beneath the artist's finished pieces.”

Although the Louvre already houses some of Da Vinci’s artworks among them the Mona Lisa painting, more than half of the artworks that are now on display were borrowed from museums and institutions in the UK, France and the US, among other countries. Some artworks were also brought in on loan from private owners such as Queen of England and Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation.


While the Mona Lisa painting will remain in the permanent collection’s gallery of the museum, visitors can experience the famous painting in a virtual reality experience. This will offer new insights and show the painting in such detail the naked eye would not see.


Leonardo da Vinci was a Renaissance artist who was also an architect, an engineer, a scientist and a sculptor. He was born in Italy in 1452, he died in France in 1519.



Source: Mal Siret. “Leonardo da Vinci five centuries on: Louvre in Paris opens long-awaited exhibition” BBC News Paris. 24 October 2019. Accessed 25 October 2019

Video (Youtube): "Louvre debuts long-awaited Leonardo Da Vinci retrospective." France24 English. Accessed 25 October 2019


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