Leonardo in London ? Too costly.. Take a virtual trip instead

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Like many others, I can't afford to go to London to see the "hottest exhibition in town", of Leonardo da Vinci, painter of Milan at the National Gallery from 9 November 2011.
Tickets, sold at face value for £16, have been reaching up to £400 on sites such as eBay and Viagogo. 

But the gallery said those that have been resold would be cancelled, holders of resold tickets would not be admitted to the exhibition and they would not receive a refund.
 Advanced tickets sold out rapidly, with people queuing for three hours every morning for one of the 500 tickets made available each day.

(Leaving out the price of the tickets , the price of getting there and back from Cornwall is way too costly for me and I don't like the idea of shuffling along with the crowds.)

The exhibition took five years to plan and has more than half of all the surviving da Vinci paintings and seven paintings which have never been shown publicly before.

It focuses on the artist's formative years as a court artist in Milan in the 1480s and 1490's and has been described as the most complete display of Leonardo's rare surviving paintings ever held, so I at least can make do with a few virtual visits to discover the genius of this artist who looked so deeply into the human experience.

Above :Madonna Litta ( Virgin with child) borrowed from the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg.

A Video Guide to Leonardo da Vinci's technique here with the exhibition's curator, Luke Syson.

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