Friday, January 13, 2012

da Vinci Day

The long awaited day is here: Today is da Vinci Day!!!!!

So, why all the fuss? The Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan Exhibit is the most complete display of Leonardo’s rare surviving paintings ever held. This unprecedented exhibition – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – brings together sensational international loans never before seen in the UK and all in one place, the National Gallery in London.

The event has been sold out for months, with my tickets being purchased early last fall.

What does the exhibit focus on?While Leonardo was a man of many skills and accomplishments, this exhibit focuses on Leonardo, the painter. Many of the works being shown were completed while he painted at the court of Milan.

What paintings are on display?Featuring the finest paintings and drawings by Leonardo and his followers, the exhibition examines Leonardo’s pursuit for perfection in his representation of the human form. Works on display include ‘La Belle Ferronière’ (Musée du Louvre, Paris), the ‘Madonna Litta’ (Hermitage, Saint Petersburg) and ‘Saint Jerome’ (Pinacoteca Vaticana, Rome).

The two versions of Leonardo’s ‘Virgin of the Rocks’ – belonging to the National Gallery and the Louvre – will also be shown together for the first time. The final part of the exhibition features a near-contemporary, full-scale copy of Leonardo’s famous ‘Last Supper’.

Bring on "da" man!

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