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Visitors admire La Belle Ferronnière at the Louvre show Photo: Aurore Marechal/ABACA/PA Images

The Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre in Paris will remain open non-stop for almost 81 hours over the closing weekend, with free admission for visitors attending the blockbuster show in the early hours.

The exhibition will be open from 9am on Friday 21 February to 5.45pm on Sunday 24 February, with free entry for all tickets booked between 9pm and 8:30am over the final three consecutive nights (a full-priced ticket, which also gives access to the museums permanent collection, costs €17). They will be available from Tuesday 11 February through the Louvres booking website.

Up to 30,000 extra visitors will be able to see the show, say Louvre officials, who add that “this event is the Louvres way of thanking the public for their interest in the exhibition” (visitor figures so far for the show are unavailable). A spokeswoman adds that visitors at night will also be offered free coffee and madeleine cakes.

The exhibition, which opened last October, marks the 500th anniversary of the artists death in France. The Louvre managed to secure four autograph Leonardo paintings (Benois Madonna, the lesser-known La Scapiliata, St Jerome and Portrait of a Musician) for the exhibition in addition to the five masterpieces it owns including La Belle Ferronnière (around 1495-99) and Virgin of the Rocks (aroundRead More – Source

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