Da Vinci exhibition opens in Paris, proves a major success

A journalist takes a snapshot of the "The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne" by Leonardo Da Vinci, at the Louvre museum, in Paris, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. The Louvre, the home of the "Mona Lisa," is commemorating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da V (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

PARIS (AP) — Visitors are crowding into the Louvre museum in Paris to see a major retrospective of Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings.

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The exhibition of paintings, drawings and sketches opened Thursday to mark the 500th anniversary of the Italian master's death.

Tourists wait to see Leonardo da Vinci's painting Mona Lisa, at the Louvre museum, in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. The Louvre, the home of the "Mona Lisa," is commemorating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci's death with a landmark new ex (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The museum says 260,000 tickets have already been pre-sold for the show that runs through February 24, 2020.

The exhibition includes 160 works, taken from the Louvre's permanent collection and institutions around the world.

They include Leonardo's masterpieces, dozens of studies and scientific sketches, and pieces by other artists in his orbit.

Tourists take snapshot of the Leonardo da Vinci's painting Mona Lisa, at the Louvre museum, in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. The Louvre, the home of the "Mona Lisa," is commemorating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci's death with a landma (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

French visitor Gisele Lelemberg says of Da Vinci, "he is a great painter. He is a great man of art ... For me he was a genius."

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