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National Gallery opening of Leonardo da Vinci exhibition to be broadcast live to cinemas and Sky Arts viewers

The National Gallery is collaborating with Sky Arts, Picturehouse Entertainment and Seventh Art Productions on a broadcasting first.

Leonardo Live will see the National Gallery’s landmark exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan transmitted live to cinema-goers and Sky Arts viewers across the UK.

This pioneering simulcast seeks to give the widest possible audience the opportunity to experience this once in a lifetime exhibition.

Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan (9 November 2011 – 5 February 2012) brings together the largest ever number of Leonardo’s rare surviving paintings and will include international loans never before seen in the UK.

The 80-minute film to be broadcast on 8 November 2011 will be produced for Sky Arts by Phil Grabsky’s award-winning Seventh Art Productions. It will be presented by art historian and broadcaster Tim Marlow and brought to cinemas nationally by Picturehouse Entertainment, the distribution arm of City Screen Limited.

‘Leonardo Live’ will provide a unique opportunity for art lovers to share in the excitement of viewing ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan’ the night before it opens to the general public.

Both the National Gallery and Sky Arts are committed to developing new audiences for the arts and to pioneering innovative and dynamic ways to present the visual arts. This project continues these ambitions.

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