Journalists view the painting “La Belle Ferronniere” by Leonardo Da Vinci at the Louvre museum in Paris on Tuesday. The Louvre, the home of the “Mona Lisa,” is commemorating the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death with a landmark new exhibit. Thibault Camus/Associated Press

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

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

The museum says 260,000 tickets have already been pre-sold for the show, which runs through Feb. 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.

French visitor Gisele Lelemberg said 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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