You better hurry up to see the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the National Gallery, if you haven’t already.

Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan focuses on his formative years as a court artist in Italy in the 1480s and 1490s. It is one of the biggest and most popular art exhibitions of recent years to take place in the capital.

The exhibition is hugely popular and there is only a limited amount of tickets available daily, which sell out fast. Each day, people start queuing at 6am in front of the National Gallery to get the much sought-after tickets. It’s only going to get worse, because the exhibition is closing in 2 1/2 weeks.

Nine of the only 16 Leonardo paintings that are known to exist are on display at the National Gallery. Many great pieces are included in the da Vinci exhibition – many are international loans from the Musee de Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg and the Pinacoteca Vaticana in Rome.

The National Gallery limited visitor numbers to the exhibition in an attempt to prevent large crowds pushing through the exhibition.

At £16 per ticket, it is quite pricey, but nevertheless well worth it. The exhibition is extremely popular. When it opened on 9 November, there were already no tickets available online until January.

The exhibition will close on 05 February 2012.