Anticipating a large number of visitors, the Musée du Louvre officials have said people will need to make reservations for an exhibition devoted to Leonardo da Vinci. The Louvre Museum will host an exhibition this fall season to commemorate the Florentine master’s 500th death anniversary.
The Louvre Museum said it would start providing specific time slots for booking via its website meant for that from June 18, 2019. Online tickets for adults will likely cost €17, while offline tickets will cost €15. Everyone can take Louvre Museum tours for free on the first Sunday of a month throughout this year. For touring on other days for free, you will need to meet certain eligibility criteria of the museum. Those who will be eligible for free admission will also need to advance book tickets.
It was not clear whether the exhibition, set to start on October 24, 2019, would include the “Salvator Mundi” painting. The painting of Christ, which is attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, was sold at an auction to an unknown bidder, who was an ally and likely stand-in of Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
In addition, the authorities from Italy have not announced whether some state-owned artworks will be loaned to the museum in Paris – the Louvre delayed the exhibition until October this year with the expectation of securing those works. An announcement on those loans will perhaps be made soon.
The Musée du Louvre has previously imposed reservation-only restriction: the museum used a similar system in 2017 for its Johannes Vermeer exhibition which drew in over 325,000 visitors.
The Musée du Louvre President, Jean-Luc Martinez said the museum would introduce the measures for its fall exhibition to help manage the lines and keep waiting times to around half an hour. During an interview with Agence France-Presse, Jean-Luc Martinez said the controls were required “because we must stop judging the success of an exhibition by the number of hours waiting outdoors. What’s important to me is to improve the encounter with the works of Leonardo.”
The preeminent painter grew up in the Italian city of Florence and had lived in Rome and Milan before heading to France. He passed away in Amboise on May 02, 1519. The French King, Francis I acquired Mona Lisa from an heir of Leonardo. Alongside many other works, the famous painting of Leonardo da Vinci hangs on the walls of the Musée du Louvre. You will get to catch those and more when on a private Louvre Museum tour this fall.