Leonardo da Vinci, coming soon to a theater near you [Video]
Leonardo da Vinci -- and several of his painted masterpieces -- will be coming soon to a theater near you, thanks to London's National Gallery. The museum said it will broadcast a virtual tour of its blockbuster exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan" to cinemas around the world in early 2012.
"Leonardo Live" will be broadcast starting Feb. 16, the museum said. The HD virtual tour has already been seen in cinemas in Britain and will be transmitted via satellite to theaters worldwide.
The exhibition, which focuses on paintings by the famed Renaissance artist, has been a popular hit in London, where ticket scalpers have been doing brisk business for the show. The museum said the virtual tour was taped live on the eve of the exhibition opening this fall.
You can see the trailer for the broadcast in the video below. Times art critic Christopher Knight traveled to London to review the show, describing it as "moving and unprecedented."
"Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan" is scheduled to run through Feb. 5 at the National Gallery.
The National Gallery's worldwide broadcast marks yet another example of arts organizations using cinema to broaden their audience base. Companies that already produce regular cinematic broadcasts include the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the L.A. Philharmonic and the National Theatre in London.
-- David Ng
Photo: Visitors wait outside the National Gallery in London for the exhibit of "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan." Credit: Andy Rain / EPA