The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will screen a unique high definition "captured live" event titled Leonardo Live! on Thursday at 7 p.m. Leonardo Live! lets audiences experience the sold-out, once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of the works of Leonardo da Vinci as presented in London's National Gallery exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan."
The exhibition brings together the largest-ever number of da Vinci's rare surviving paintings and some international loans that have never before traveled. The exhibition also includes a newly discovered never-before-publicly exhibited painting, the Salvator Mundi.
This historic exhibition is sold out in London, and due to the fragility of the paintings, the exhibition cannot tour. Crowds in the U.K. lined up daily at dawn to snatch all available tickets to the gallery presentation; and tickets have been reselling at $700 each.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks is one of the works examined in Leonardo Live!, the high-definition exploration of London’s National Gallery’s exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan.” The captured-live production will be presented in high definition at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Thursday starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Captured live on the eve of the exhibition opening in London this fall, Leonardo Live! provides a high-definition walk through the landmark exhibition and in-depth commentary about featured pieces. Art historian Tim Marlow and presenter Mariella Frostrup explore the exhibition and provide detailed examinations of the paintings and interviews with special guests and experts.
The (London) Guardian calls the show "dazzling, mysterious and disturbing. That there are any paintings to show at all is something of a miracle."
The (London) Telegraph calls it "a breathtaking and truly remarkable exhibition ... the greatest of the century." The New York Times notes that it is "a wildly popular museum show, captivating the public to a degree no one anticipated."
This special high-definition event is made possible by Dr. James M. and Marcia Merrins, who funded the purchase of the satellite transmission and projection equipment used in its presentation.
Tickets to Leonardo Live! are $10 and are available in advance by calling or visiting the Box Office at 679-1891 Tuesday to Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. or online anytime at www.fredopera.org.
Chautauqua County's only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.