The Louvre opens for De Vinci exhibition

by Deanna Maria R. & Emmy Hikins

Famous art museum in France, the Louvre, made a historic first this past weekend. It stayed open 24 hours Saturday and Sunday to accommodate those who had yet to see Leonard De Vinci’s famous exhibition. After running for four months, it was the last chance for people to come and enjoy the artwork. The museum offered free tickets online to anyone wanting to come view the famous artist’s work, even if it was in the wee hours of the morning.

A museum spokesperson stated that the museum was aware of the massive attention this particular exhibition would receive. In anticipation of this fact, they ran the exhibition longer and on days when typically the museum was closed. The museum recognized how important it was for people who hadn’t reserved tickets previously, to be able to come to the exhibition before its run ended.

Five hundred years after the death of Leonard De Vinci, 162 creations of his, including some lent to the museum, were on display for the public to enjoy. The exhibition was in honor of the great late artist’s passing. Some of the patrons expressed their gratitude for the extension of the exhibition stating they wouldn’t have been able to come otherwise. Leonard’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, was not included in the exhibition, although it was there at the museum, to avoid issues due to overcrowding.