'Leonardo Live' coming to big screens in February
Next month "Leonardo Live" will hit the movie theaters, billed as a high-definition tour through England's National Gallery’s sold-out exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan," which opened in November 2011. "Leonardo Live" features commentary from scholars and curators, but sorry, no 3-D. You'll have to see "Pina" for that.
Opening on Feb.16 in nearly 450 theaters across the country, "Leonardo Live" will showcase major works from the Italian Renaissance polymath, including the “Belle Ferronière," the “Madonna Litta," a full-scale copy of the “Last Supper" and "Salvator Mundi," a painting known for many years but only recently attributed by some Renaissance scholars to Da Vinci.
Last year Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight traveled to the UK to review the exhibition. He wrote: "Leonardo's greatness lies in his capacity to create belief in the fiction you see. Endless nonsense gets written analyzing his various sitters' psychology — think "Mona Lisa" — as if such a thing were possible. But really it's belief and love that animate his art."
-- Margaret Wappler
Photo: "The Last Supper" in downtown Milan's Santa Maria delle Grazie church. Credit: Antonio Calanni / Associated Press.