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Da Vinci on tour coming to Lander

Feb 13, 2012 - Staff

The Fremont County Library in Lander will present four showings of a televised tour and lecture on the acclaimed collection of paintings of Leonardo da Vinci that has been on display at the National Gallery in London.

"Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan, Italy" -- billed as the most extensive show of the artist's rare paintings ever staged -- is about to become the first ever museum show transmitted in HDTV to cinemas worldwide.

Lander will be the only venue in the state of Wyoming where the transmission can be seen.

The show will be a walk-through of the exhibition featuring comments from figures in British art, dance, theater and literature.

The film goes straight to the exhibit's highlights, including two paintings of women who may have been linked to Leonardo's patron, Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan: "The Lady with an Ermine" and "La Belle Ferroniere."

Also featured will be two paintings both entitled "The Virgin of the Rocks," one from the National Gallery and the other from the Louvre in Paris, never seen before in the same exhibit.

Leonardo has been recognized as one of the foremost artists of the Italian Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries. His talents in painting, sculpture, architecture, invention and anatomy are considered among the greatest achievements of that age.

Although there have been exhibitions of his other work, paintings of his have never been assembled in such a rich collection as the present show, library manager Barbara Oakleaf said.

The shows are at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 24; 3 p.m. on Feb. 18; and 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 29. Donations of $5 for student and $10 for adults are suggested.

All shows will be held at the Lander Library at 200 Amoretti. Staff requests patrons enter the library through the North Second Street entrance for 7 p.m. performances.

The HD performance has been arranged by the library and the efforts of Oakleaf and comes using the equipment acquired by library two years ago with help from local support and a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council.

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