The Louvre Museum will lend Italy three Leonardo masterpieces for an important exhibition that will coincide in part with the Milan Expo 2015.
Belle Ferronnière, St. John the Baptist and the Annunciation will be on display for "Leonardo da Vinci 1452 – 1519. The Design of the World", on view at the Royal Palace of Milan from April 15 to 19 July, 2015.
A fourth painting was under negotiations, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne, but it is considered too large to be transported in safety.
The exhibition will also feature 30 precious drawings from the collection of the British Royals, and other paintings on loan from the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, the Vatican Museums, the National Gallery of Parma and the National Gallery of Washington DC.
A loan request has been placed for the Vitruvian Man drawing, which is kept in the Gabinetto dei disegni e stampe of the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice.