The National Gallery in London boasts one of the finest art collections in the world, a must-see on any trip to London.
But until February 5, the National Gallery is home to one of its biggest blockbusters ever. The exhibit, “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” focuses on da Vinci’s work from the years of 1482 until 1499, when he firmly established himself as the renowned da Vinci we know today while working for the Duke of Milan.
On display are 7 of the 14 known da Vinci paintings (like both the Louvre and National Gallery’s Virgin on the Rocks), 60 da Vinci drawings (more than half of which are from the Royal Collection including10 of his work for preparation of “The Last Supper”) as well as works from da Vinci’s pupils and a reproduction of “The Last Supper” by his pupil Giampietrino. All of this makes it perhaps the easiest way to see Leonardos since the 15th century.
But with the show brining in such important pieces of art, the show has unprecedented demand. With tickets already sold out, the best way to get a ticket is through the 500 tickets distributed at the beginning of the day. But there is no need to worry about overcrowding in the gallery, as the museum has limited the capacity to 180 people while the gallery can hold 230. Due to the fragile nature of the art, the show will not be traveling and it’s possible this will be the only chance you’ll have to see so many da Vincis in one place.
In order to accommodate the popularity the museum is staying open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and until 7 p.m. on Sundays. The final week of the exhibit, it will be open until 10 p.m. every night.
Even if you can’t score tickets to the da Vinci exhibit, the National Gallery is still one of the best art museums in the world. Founded in 1824 and moving to its famous location at Trafalgar Square in 1838. The museum’s collection contains over 2,300 paintings dating from the 13th century until 1900 and drawing nearly 5 million people annually.
Some of the highlights of the collection are works from old masters like Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Vermeer as well as an excellent impressionist collection with Monet, Renoir, and van Gogh.
If you are visiting London, New York Habitat has a wide selection of places to stay in the city.
This studio vacation rental in Convent Garden, London (LN-1055) is a short walk from Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery. The modern interior includes internet as well as a double bed and a pull-out sofa bed for extra guests.
This classically furnished two bedroom vacation rental in Convent Garden, London (LN-401) is close to the National Gallery as well as the many West End shows in the area. There are two bedrooms and bathrooms, making it a great, roomy place to stay in London.
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