January 31, 2016
By Jane Levere
A series of new films about the world’s greatest works of art and their environs is debuting this winter at select U.S. movie theaters.
“Art and Architecture in Cinema” features films on artistic masters as well as the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the four papal basilicas in Rome.
“Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood,” to be shown on February 11, will be based on “Goya: The Portraits,” an exhibition at the National Gallery in London.
“Leonardo Da Vinci: The Ultimate Exhibition” will be shown on March 31 and be based on an exhibition at the Science Museum in London that will explore the foundation of the artist’s drawing; the role of nature and science in his work; his utopian projects; images of the divine and myths over the centuries; and the success of his Mona Lisa, among other subjects.
“Renoir—Revered and Reviled,” to be shown on April 21, will be based on the painter’s works at the Barnes Collection in Philadelphia, owner of one of the largest Renoir holdings in the world.
Another look at French Impressionism will be offered by “Monet to Matisse: Painting the Modern Garden,” which will be shown on May 12 and be based on an exhibition by the Cleveland Museum of Art and Royal Academy in London. This will feature not only artwork but also artists’ gardens, including Monet’s Giverny.
The film on the Teatro alla Scala—where the operas Nabucco, Norma and Othello premiered—will be shown on June 16, while the film on the papal basilicas will be screened on July 14.
Kymberli Frueh, vice president of programming for Fathom Events, one of the creators of the series, called it “particularly wonderful because it brings the art to the people. For some, they may not otherwise be able to experience these spectacular works and sights, but now they can get the same up-close and personal experience from their local cinema.”