Hit Leonardo Show Gets a Film Deal


The hottest ticket in the art world is about to get a little easier to come by—sort of. “Leonardo DaVinci: Painter at the Court of Milan,” on view at London’s National Gallery through Feb. 4, 2012, has been sold out since the week of its Nov. 9 opening. A new film documenting the installation of the exhibition, Leonardo Live, will give moviegoers a behind the scenes tour complete with commentary from curators and scholars.

The show’s popularity has forced museum visitors to line up at the crack of dawn to vie for one of the 500 tickets sold day-of each morning, or to trust to scalpers, who have reportedly been marking up the tickets, originally $25, to as much as $400. The exhibition focuses on Leonardo’s time as court painter for Ludovico Maria Sforza, the duke of Milan, in the 1480s and ’90s, and features 60 of the master’s drawings and 7 of his 14 extant paintings.

The fragile nature of the artwork prevents the show from travelling, but Leonardo Live will provide art lovers with at least a chance to experience the exhibition via a high-definition walk-through and up-close footage of Leonardo’s work. The film is set to for theatrical release in the U. S. and other countries on Feb. 16, following a limited engagement in Britain.