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Leonardo da Vinci lived from 1452 until 1519 and in his life was an inventor, scientist, draughtsman and artist. Some people really know how to keep busy, don't they.

His most famous work of art, and arguably the most famous painting in the world, is the Mona Lisa, a painting that took him around 16 years to complete.

Although the Mona Lisa, which is displayed at the Louvre in Paris, won't be appearing at the forthcoming exhibition of da Vinci's work at the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square, there will be plenty of other paintings and drawings by the great man to keep you interested.

The exhibition, titled Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan, is taking place in the Salisbury Wing of the National Gallery from 9th November 2011 until 5th February 2012.

It's described by the organisers as "the most complete display of Leonardo's rare surviving paintings ever held [and] brings together sensational international loans never before seen in the UK."

The exhibition pays particular attention to the work the Italian created in the 1480s and 1490s.

Those who are unable to make it to the exhibition in the daytime will be pleased to know that special late openings are being held each Friday and Saturday. On these days, the exhibition will stay open until 10pm, with last entry at 9pm.

Works on display include, from the Louvre, La Belle Ferronière; and from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Madonna Litta.

Being shown together for the very first time will be two versions of Leonardo's Virgin of the Rocks. One of these is displayed at the National Gallery while the other is being loaned by the Louvre.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to marvel at a full-scale copy of da Vinci's famous Last Supper, on loan from the Royal Academy.

To find out more about the unique Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan exhibition, click here.
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Why? Perhaps some of the man's genius will rub off on you.
When: 9th November 2011 to 2nd February, 2012.
Where: The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Cost: Adult £16.00; Senior/concession £14; National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders £8; Students/job seekers/12-18s £8; Gift Aid tickets available - see website for details.
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