The Clark to Screen Live in HD Tour of National Gallery’s Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition

Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani (Lady with the Ermine), about 1488, by Leonardo da Vinci

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Leonardo Live, a special tour of the National Gallery of London’s landmark exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan, comes to The Clark on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 3 p.m., captured live in HD. In the 85-minute movie, internationally renowned art historians and broadcasters Tim Marlow and Mariella Frostrup lead the audience through the critically acclaimed exhibition, which brings together the largest number of Leonardo da Vinci’s rare surviving paintings ever assembled in one collection.

The National Gallery exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan (November 9, 2011 – February 5, 2012) featured more than 60 paintings and drawings that Leonardo da Vinci created in the 1480s and 1490s while he was the court painter to Duke Lodovico Sforza in Milan. Among the works highlighted in the film are The Lady With an Ermine, Portrait of a Musician, La Belle Ferronniere, two versions of Virgin of the Rocks, Madonna Litta, St. Jerome in the Wilderness, The Burlington House Cartoon, and Salvator Mundi.

The historic exhibition sold out in London and, due to the fragility of the paintings, cannot tour. Visitors to the National Gallery waited in line for hours and paid more than $600 for the chance to see this exhibition, which has been called “dazzling, mysterious, and disturbing. That there are any paintings to show at all is something of a miracle” (Guardian).

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci, about 1500

The Leonardo Live screening offers an unprecedented opportunity for audiences to experience these rare works. Tickets are $12 and $10 for museum members and students, and may be purchased online at The Clark or by calling 413 458 0524.

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, The Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit The Clark.



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