Thursday, February 16, 2012

Leonardo Live


From the promo: "Beginning February 16, 2012, art lovers around the world will be able to experience LEONARDO LIVE, a satellite-delivered HD presentation of the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan”, captured at the U.K. National Gallery.

LEONARDO LIVE offers an unprecedented opportunity for audiences worldwide to experience these da Vinci works. The historic exhibition is sold out in London and, due to the fragility of the paintings, the exhibition cannot tour."


Everyone we know seemed to be abuzz about this and we hurried to get tickets, sure that it would quickly sell out. (As it turned out, the theater wasn't full - our group of four families, plus what appeared to be a lot of retirees, willing to brave downtown traffic on the night of a Presidential visit for this (almost) once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the exhibit. What the heck: it was an adventure and interesting, too. Totally worth a late night.) This New York Times review is critical, but summarizes the experience well: flawed and not as good as being there in person, but still worthwhile.

On the left, The Last Supper - K's favorite. On the right, an unfinished piece of Mary the Mother of God with her own mother, St. Anne. That was my favorite because it shows so beautifully the loving intimacy of women's relationships. (G declined to select a favorite, though "The Lady in Ermine" (above) seemed to catch her eye because of the subject ("what is she holding?")

If you get a chance to see it, go for it! We learned a lot.

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