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PostSubject: Leonardo Exhibition   Sat 21 Jan 2012, 22:23

Did anyone go?

I baulked at queing so only saw the SKY Arts Tour filmed just before opening. Did anyone else watch that? The main paintings - apart from the new one - were all very familiar and seen before anyway(not the Lady and Ermine but familiar enough. I was for the drawings I would have gone. The programme only showed a few cartoons and drawings that I know very well. It was for the lesser known I would have sought out. I need to grt to the Nat Gal. to see a catalogue. I was less disapponted after seeing the programme. At the Leonardo permanent museum in Tuscany I probably saw (as copies) a wider selection. I bought two excellent large prints there that now dominaye my living room and which awe visitors because they have never seen them before.

If anyone went, please tell me about it.

I did see the fairly recent Michelangelo exhibition at the NG. Though loving his other work I am at one with Leonardo about his muscular male drawings... he likened them to - I think as cats fighting in a sack. There was so much veneration about me at the viewing there that I kept my mouth closed for a change lest I was thumped to death with peoples' audio guides. Funny about the drawings because his statues and paintings are far more subtle.

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PostSubject: Re: Leonardo Exhibition   Sun 22 Jan 2012, 04:48

I don't like Michaelangelo's drawings nor his paintings very much. The Sistine Chappel (for example) is the early version of Body Builders Weekly, everything is too overdone and exaggerated.

Michaelangelo's statues are something else entirely though, not really into religious art but his Pieta is just superb. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Michelangelo%27s_Pieta_5450_cropncleaned.jpg

Sorry P, not what you were asking at all.
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PostSubject: Re: Leonardo Exhibition   Sun 22 Jan 2012, 12:14

Backed up and shared opinion is always most acceptable. ID.

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PostSubject: Re: Leonardo Exhibition   Sun 22 Jan 2012, 12:59


Which is what I made a shabby attempt to say on the ‘what is art’ thread… what a piece of work it is… and all done swaying around up on top of a wooden scaffold tower… that is what I call art, not the new David Hockney exhibition getting plugged on the TV news this morning… and proclaimed as ‘amazing’… I find it amazing that people are gullible enough to be persuaded that his juvenile scribbling are art at all. I wonder if despite his training he can really paint…

Blimey… Rolf Harris used to take a lot of flak for his wall paintings… but you could see what they were and more of an artist than Hockney was or ever will be. Just my opinion… sorry.


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PostSubject: Re: Leonardo Exhibition   Sun 22 Jan 2012, 13:52

I'm going to the Hockney exhibition soon, Norman - will report back!!

Apparently he's done amazing things with a colour photocopier, an iPad and an iPhone.

Not quite Leonardo maybe, but interesting - or is he just having a laugh?
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PostSubject: Re: Leonardo Exhibition   Sun 22 Jan 2012, 14:04

yes... all the way to the bank
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PostSubject: Re: Leonardo Exhibition   Sun 22 Jan 2012, 14:10

The Julian Fellowes of the art world? You could be right.
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PostSubject: Re: Leonardo Exhibition   Sun 22 Jan 2012, 16:08

I like what I see of his landscape work - regardless of how it was accomplished.... most art is but an exercise in using any method to hand to construct a piece.

It is not so much what he has done - or how - this time but why he has chosen those subjects.

There was no such wondering at the Lucian Freud exhibition; he clearly liked the naked bodies of all women and big fat ones in particular.
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PostSubject: Re: Leonardo Exhibition   Mon 23 Jan 2012, 14:59

It must have been the child bearing hips on the big fat ones, Lucian Freud apparently had 15 children. Two children born to the first marriage and the other 13 to various mistresses. He liked to spread himself around.......
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