1,000 people a day visit Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition at Hull's Ferens Art Gallery
MORE than 5,000 people have visited the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at Hull's Ferens Art Gallery since its opening weekend.
About 1,000 people a day are flocking to see the Ten Drawings display, which is the most high-profile exhibit to visit the city to date.
It runs until January 20 and includes the magnificent Head of Leda – the mythological mother of Helen of Troy.
Kirsten Simister, curator of Ferens, said: "We are really pleased with the visitor response to the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition.
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"The feedback we are getting from visitors is excellent and we are seeing people coming from far and wide to take advantage of the opportunity to view the awe-inspiring works.
"This further builds on the gallery's reputation following the successful Hockney and Warhol exhibitions and we hope to continue to raise the profile of Hull as a place to visit for art."
Councillor Terry Geraghty, portfolio holder for culture and leisure at the city council, said the numbers coming through the door show the Royal Collection made the right decision to bring the drawings to the Ferens.
He said: "We had more than 60,000 people here for the Hockney exhibition and 50,000 for Warhol.
"To have more than 5,000 people in five days is unbelievable and shows this city is on the map when it comes to art.
"I've been to see the work and it's truly extraordinary. He was man well ahead of his time.
"The pictures of the human body are an example of this and the Head of Leda is very detailed."
Hull is the final stop-off for the drawings, which form part of the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.
Cllr Geraghty said one couple he spoke to had made their way to Hull from London especially for the exhibition.
"They told me back home they'd have to pay to see a display like this but it's free in Hull," he said.
"So many people have also remarked on how beautiful and clean the gallery is ."