Who needs the National? Where to see the world's other Da Vincis
If you can't face the new blockbuster show, visit these instead
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Saturday 12 November 2011
It has generated levels of hype comparable to a Hollywood blockbuster. Now the National Gallery's Leonardo da Vinci show can boast ticket sales to match after it emerged the exhibition has sold out until the end of its run.
Yesterday a gallery spokesman confirmed the institution has run out of advance tickets to "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan", which runs until 5 February next year.
Today, the gallery expects thousands to queue around the block to catch a first glimpse of the unprecedented show of nine Leonardo paintings in London, despite the absence of the master's Mona Lisa and Last Supper.
The National Gallery said around 400 tickets will go on sale each day.
So where are da Vinci's other masterpieces? There are 12 other works in galleries from Paris to St Petersburg and although it may cost more than the price of a ticket to the National to see them, the queues will at least be shorter.
Madonna of the Carnation, 1478-1480. Kept in: Alte Pinakothek, Munich
The Virgin Mary with a naked baby Jesus, originally attributed to Verrocchio but now understood to be completely the work of Leonardo.
Madonna with a Flower, 1452-1519, Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
Yet another of one of Leonardo's favourite subjects, the Madonna with her child, what some consider to be one of the artist's first paintings completed with no assistance. Two of Leonardo's preliminary sketches for it are held in the British Museum.
Mona Lisa, 1503–1519, Musée du Louvre, Paris
Still Leonardo's most famous work, and arguably the most recognisable painting in the world, the oil artwork depicts the smirking Lisa del Giocondo, the wife of a wealthy Florentine silk merchant. Around half a million people a month go to see it.
Leda and the Swan, 1515-1520, Wilton House, Salisbury
One of the most faithfully copied Leonardos, it tells the story of Greek god Zeus appearing to Leda, the daughter of a Greek king, in the form of a swan. The location of the original painting is still disputed, though its copy exists in Britain.
Baptism of Christ, 1475, Uffizi, Florence
Again accredited to Verrocchio and his pupils, Leonardo among them. The painting shows the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, with Leonardo most likely having painted the angel on the left-hand side of the frame.
The Annunciation, 1472-1475, Uffizi, Florence
Showing an angel kneeling before the Virgin Mary, Leonardo is again believed to have split the work with Verrocchio. Leonardo is credited with the background and depicting the angel, whose wings he copied from a bird in flight.
Ginevra de' Benci, obverse, 1474, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Leonardo's only painting in the Americas, the work shows the daughter of a wealthy Florentine banker, thought to have been commissioned around the time of her marriage, aged 16. The work was one of Leonardo's earliest experiments with oil paint.
Tobias and the Angel, 1470-1480, National Gallery
Not included in the present exhibition as it dates to before 1480, the painting is believed to have been a collaboration in the studio of Leonardo's fellow Renaissance master, Andrea del Verrocchio.
Adoration of the Magi, 1481, Uffizi, Florence
Augustinian monks in Florence commissioned Leonardo to complete this depiction of three Magi or wise men visiting Jesus after his birth. It remained uncompleted as Leonardo decided to move to Milan.
The Battle of Anghiari, 1505, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
Believed to be behind a number of frescoes in the Hall of Five Hundred in Florence. Its central scene shows three men riding war horses in a battle for the standard at the Battle of Anghiari in 1440, part of a series of conflicts in northern Italy in the 15th century.
The Last Supper, 1495-1498, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan
Impossible to transport, as it is painted directly on to a wall, this is Leonardo's second most famous painting, and shows the last days of Jesus. It began to flake as early as 1517, and has been the subject of a series of restoration projects, the most recent of which was completed in 1999.
Virgin and Child with St Anne, around 1510, Musée du Louvre
Jesus grapples with a sacrificial lamb as the virgin Mary tries to restrain him. The painting was originally commissioned as the high altarpiece of the Church of Santissima Annunziata in Florence.
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