The Saint Anne, Leonardo da Vinci’s Ultimate Masterpiece
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne is one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most ambitious compositions.
This exhibition aims to present the state of existing knowledge about this now restored masterpiece by bringing together, for the first time since the artist’s death, all of the related works and documents. One hundred and thirty works are thus presented at Louvre Museum, including two exceptional loans: the Burlington House cartoon from the National Gallery in London and a group of twenty-two drawings by the master lent from the Royal Collection by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. These works allow visitors to explore the intellectual and artistic journey leading Leonardo to this particular lasting legacy, which has had considerable influence on the development of the arts, from the early sixteenth to the twentieth century.
The exhibition retraces the slow, deliberate and complex genesis of Leonardo’s Saint Anne, left unfinished at the artist’s death in 1519, by bringing together for the first time archival documents, composition sketches, preparatory studies, landscape studies and studio versions showing the various formal and iconographic solutions successively imagined by the master. The presentation of other painted works by Leonardo from the same period helps to establish the Saint Anne as the genuine consummation of the artist’s lifelong investigations, his numerous and wide-ranging studies on the nature of art.
Open daily except Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m..
Until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, until 7:45 p.m on Saturdays and Sundays.
Admission fees and rates
- “Leonardo da Vinci’s Ultimate Masterpiece, the Saint Anne” only: €11
- Permanent collections + “Leonardo da Vinci’s Ultimate Masterpiece, the Saint Anne”: €14