Leonardo da Vinci’s masterwork The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, restored with the aid of the C2RMF (Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France), is the centerpiece of an exceptional new Salvatore Ferragamo-sponsored exhibition reuniting all of the artist’s surviving related works for the first time.
The painting’s inception dates back to 1501, when it was first mentioned in the correspondence of Isabella d’Este. Leonardo da Vinci continuously worked to perfect the painting, which was left unfinished, until his death in 1519. According to the exhibition’s curator, Vincent Delieuvin, “The story of the ‘Saint Anne’ is the story of the last 20 years of da Vinci’s life.”
As for Ferragamo’s sole sponsorship of the exhibition, Michele Norsa, the company’s C.E.O., said simply: “Da Vinci belongs to Italy and the city of Florence, just like Ferragamo.” He explained that the real appeal of supporting the restoration of “Saint Anne” was to invest in something that would last longer then just a seasonal fashion show.
Musée du Louvre; Napoleon Hall, Paris / +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17
Through June 25, 2012
Open everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday.
Open until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays & until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.