London's National Gallery Limiting Visitors to Da Vinci Exhibit to Prevent 'Gallery Rage'
The National Gallery in London will be putting a cap on the number of visitors admitted to an upcoming Leonardo da Vinci exhibit to reduce so-called "gallery rage" caused by overcrowding.
180 tickets per half hour will be sold for the show, which opens in November. However, health and safety rules dictate that 230 tickets per half hour may be sold.
While the gallery could lose more than 10,000 pounds ($16,336) by this measure, it will prevent a rush of visitors to the museum's Sainsbury Wing.
"We've looked hard at the problems caused by very popular exhibitions in recent years and decided to take action ahead of what is likely to be one of the most important shows in our history," said director Nicholas Penny, as reported by The Telegraph.
The exhibition, which begins advance booking Tuesday, will feature half of da Vinci's 14 surviving paintings on wood. Among the works will be: The Virgin of the Rocks, Lady with an Ermine (also known as Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani,) La Belle Ferronnière and the Madonna Litta.
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