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See Da Vinci exhibition up close in ‘Leonardo Live’

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Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 4:00 pm

The National Gallery’s sold-out exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” has arrived at Phoenix Art Museum — at least, in the form of film.

Da Vinci’s paintings — most recently on view in London — are revealed in crisp detail through close-up footage on the big screen in “Leonardo Live.” The screening of the exhibition allows the collection to “travel” to museums worldwide.

At the real thing in London, crowds lined up daily to snatch tickets, which some sources report were re-sold for as much as $700 a piece. The film version sold out over the weekend at Phoenix Art Museum.

Why all the fuss?

“Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” is the most complete display of da Vinci’s rare surviving paintings ever, including one never before seen. It is the first exhibition dedicated to da Vinci’s aims as a painter, rather than an inventor or scientist.

“Leonardo Live” is hosted by art historian Tim Marlow and presenter Mariella Frostrup, who explore the exhibition, feature detailed examinations of the paintings, and conduct interviews with experts, giving Phoenix audiences a layer of experience missed by those seeing the show in the U.K.

According to Phoenix Art Museum film curator Ernie Quiroz, the detail with which the works are shown is astounding. The 105-minute film is presented in high-definition and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound.

DETAILS >> 2 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. March 3. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. $18 general admission, $15 for students and members. (602) 257-1222 or

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