Saturday, October 3, 2009

High Launches New Web Content for Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition

Features Highlights from the Exhibition and Sforza Horse Installation Time-lapse Video

The High recently launched new web content for the ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius” exhibition. The special web section features an introductory video, highlights from the exhibition, as well as time-lapse video of the installation the Sforza Horse Monument outside the Museum. Visitors can access the website at “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius” exhibition opens on Tuesday, October 6, with a free preview of the exhibition on Monday, October 5 from noon to 7p.m. (last ticket sold at 6 p.m).

After a month-long journey by container ship from Italy, and by truck from Savannah to Atlanta, the modern re-creation of Leonardo’s Sforza horse arrived at the High on September 21. For five days, an international crew of more than ten Italians and Atlantans gathered on the High’s Sifly Piazza to assemble the replica, which is made up of six pieces of special resin treated to look like bronze. The 26-foot-high model, together with its base, weighs about 40,000 pounds, or twenty tons, and illustrates what the horse component of the Sforza monument might have looked like if Leonardo had been able to complete it.

“Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius” will feature approximately 50 works, including more than 20 sketches and studies by Leonardo, some of which will be on view in the United States for the first time. The exhibition will also feature work by Donatello, Rubens, Verrocchio, and Rustici. Also included are works from world-renowned collections, including those of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Vatican Museums, the Musée du Louvre, the British Museum, and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence.

The exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and in collaboration with the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, Italy.

The exhibition is generously supported by Lead Corporate Partner Delta Air Lines and sponsor Campanile Plaza. Support has also been provided by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Leonardo Society members Loraine P. Williams, Mrs. Thornton Kennedy, Lanier-Goodman Foundation, Morgens West Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary W. Rollins, with additional support from the Atlanta Foundation and the Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Generous support for the Sforza horse is provided by Art Partners. In-kind support comes from Superior Rigging and UPS. Restoration of Rustici’s “John the Baptist Preaching to a Levite and a Pharisee” from the façade of the Baptistery in Florence was sponsored by the Friends of Florence.
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