The Louvre, home of the Mona Lisa, is commemorating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci's death with a landmark new exhibit.
The show, which opens on Thursday and runs through February, brings together about 160 works by the Italian master and associated artists, including masterpieces such as "The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne" and studies of anatomy and geometry.
Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" will be on display after an Italian court ruled the drawing could travel from Venice to the Louvre for eight weeks.
But the Paris museum has not yet persuaded the mysterious owner of the "Salvator Mundi", which sold to an anonymous buyer for $US450 million in 2017, to lend the painting.
As of Monday morning, the Louvre had already pre-sold 220,000 tickets to the exhibit.
Australian Associated Press