On April 15, 2015, tax day, I think Leonardo my have appreciated that, on what would have been Leonardo da Vinci’s 563rd birthday, the exhibition “Leonarda da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty” opened up at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
The show will feature a recently rediscovered self-portrait of the artist and a suite of masterpieces by Leonardo including the long-admired Head of a Young Woman, a metalpoint drawing from the 1480s, widely renowned for its naturalism, and which art historian Kenneth Clark called the “most beautiful . . . in the world” .
The exhibition marks a rare opportunity to see Head of a Young Woman, in the US. The work, which Bernard Berenson believed was “one of the finest achievements of all draughtsmanship,” belongs to the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, Italy.
OH THE MUSCARELLE MUSEUM OF ART at the College of William & Mary is cashing in on their PR! for attributing the supposed first Leonardo self portrait discovered between the lines of the Codex of the Birds, of which this was reported here recently published here recently which is going to be shown in this exhibition WOW, THOSE PR PEOPLE MOVE FAST DON’T THEY?
Ah YES THE PUZZLE PIECES OF THE INTERWORKINGS OF THE MUSEUMS are starting to reveal. THEY ORGANIZED THIS.
The show unites 30 works by Renaissance artists, including seven by Leonardo’s rival, Michelangelo . Many of the works on view are loans from Italian institutions, including Florence’s Uffizi Museum. well, we know they are broke.
Here’s Albrecht Duerer’s self portrait done in pen and ink. LOOK AT THE EYES. WE know he had strabismus , does it look like this woman, declared “most beautiful drawing ” in the world has an eye problem? Obviously this woman had, how can any one claim this is the most beautiful drawing in the world? Show’s she had a deformity and possibly more diseases, but this is really silly to claim she’s the most beautify drawn in the world.
But hey this PR machine can make u anything.
The MFA isn’t the only American institution lucky enough to be showing rare works by Leonardo this year: the Codex Leicester, one of only 31 Leonardo notebooks known to exist, just finished up a stint at the Phoenix Art Museum