“And there was Light” Unique Art Exhibition

23 March, 2010 at 08:52 | Posted in Culture | 2 Comments
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With the start in Sweden, Gothenburg, a unique art exhibition open its doors with the works of the Renaissance masters Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, displayed in a different and innovative way. The exhibition will then tour around the world for 8! years. So why not schedule a visit this summer to the beautiful country of Sweden? :-) The exhibition will run between 20 March to 15 Aug 2010.

To the webpage of the Exhibition

La Bella Principessa, a previously unknown work by Leonardo da Vinci, are an attraction at the exhibition. In the middle an engraving that depicts Michelangelo in profile, conducted by Francesco Bartolozzi. To the right, Raphael's Holy Family (cropped). (Please click on the picture if you want to read the Swedish article)

Priceless Art Exhibition

The exhibition includes original pieces by three Italian Renaissance masters, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rafael. These three Masters lived at the same time, knew and influenced each other, and were even rivals for the same contracts.

[Alessandro Vezzosi, Exhibition’s Artistic Director] :
“The Renaissance was influenced by ancient cultures and civilizations including Greece, Rome, India and China. In particular for Leonardo, the idea of a Renaissance civilization is a model for today.”

The most spectacular piece in the exhibition is ‘La Bella Principessa’ which was recently confirmed as a genuine Leonardo. This is the painting’s first public appearance and it is now valued at a hundred million euros. But the painting was first thought to be painted by a minor German artist.

[Pascal Cotte, CTO Lumiere Technology]:
“I have a new knowledge about painting because I have what we call the multi spectral knowledge. It’s a new way to investigate inside the pictorial layer to investigate the painting or a drawing. I discovered one piece of the puzzle and after one another piece and after that another piece, at the end when you have completed the puzzle you realize that all the pieces fit exactly each one together. The final touch was of course the fingerprint. When I discovered the fingerprint on the top left of the drawing, we made a comparison with a fingerprint found on Saint Jerome, another famous painting by Leonardo, and it matched perfectly. It matched historically and it matched scientifically, so it’s proved now, it’s a da Vinci.”

A big part of the exhibition is dedicated to the genius of Leonardo’s visions and inventions 500 years ago. It also includes around 50 original pieces from the renaissance, which most are privately owned and have rarely or never been shown in public. The exhibition called “And there was Light” is planned to tour around the world for several years, and where it will go from here is still unknown.

Bolette Ebertz, NTD News, Gothenburg, Sweden.

The exhibition includes original pieces by three Italian Renaissance masters, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rafael. These three Masters lived at the same time, knew and influenced each other, and were even rivals for the same contracts.

[Alessandro Vezzosi, Exhibition’s Artistic Director] :

“The Renaissance was influenced by ancient cultures and civilizations including Greece, Rome, India and China. In particular for Leonardo, the idea of a Renaissance civilization is a model for today.”

The most spectacular piece in the exhibition is ‘La Bella Principessa’ which was recently confirmed as a genuine Leonardo. This is the painting’s first public appearance and it is now valued at a hundred million euros. But the painting was first thought to be painted by a minor German artist.

[Pascal Cotte, CTO Lumiere Technology]:

“I have a new knowledge about painting because I have what we call the multi spectral knowledge. It’s a new way to investigate inside the pictorial layer to investigate the painting or a drawing. I discovered one piece of the puzzle and after one another piece and after that another piece, at the end when you have completed the puzzle you realize that all the pieces fit exactly each one together. The final touch was of course the fingerprint. When I discovered the fingerprint on the top left of the drawing, we made a comparison with a fingerprint found on Saint Jerome, another famous painting by Leonardo, and it matched perfectly. It matched historically and it matched scientifically, so it’s proved now, it’s a da Vinci.”

A big part of the exhibition is dedicated to the genius of Leonardo’s visions and inventions 500 years ago. It also includes around 50 original pieces from the renaissance, which most are privately owned and have rarely or never been shown in public. The exhibition called “And there was Light” is planned to tour around the world for several years, and where it will go from here is still unknown.

Bolette Ebertz, NTD News, Gothenburg, Sweden.

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