Don’t miss: “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius”
Leonardo cast a long shadow. In the case of sculpture, the subject of the latest High Museum project about the Italian Renaissance, shadows are about all we have left from the master himself. His own sculpture survives mostly in sketches and studies, some 20 of which are in the exhibit.
One section is devoted to his plan to create the world’s largest and most complex statue, the 24-foot-tall “Sforza Horse.” Look for a life-size re-creation on the plaza.
The rest of the 50 works represent those he influenced, an honor roll of artists such as Donatello, Rubens and Verrocchio. Highlights: “John the Baptist Preaching to a Levite and a Pharisee,” three monumental bronzes by Giovanni Francesco Rustici from the façade of the Baptistery of Florence, and a relief by Verrocchio from the silver altar inside the baptistery, whose recent conservation the High helped fund. Neither of these tableaux has ever left Florence.
More tantalizing still, curator Gary Radke has proposed that two of the small figures from the altar (pictured above) are actually the hand of the young Leonardo himself.
Oct. 6, 2009–Feb. 21, 2010. $18; $15, seniors and students; $11, 6-17; free for children under 5 and members. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-733-4444, www.high.org.
Also consider: “Scripture for the Eyes: Bible Illustration in Netherlandish Prints of the Sixteenth Century”
80 engravings and woodcuts by 16th-century Dutch and Flemish masters come to the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The exhibit shows that these images were much more than illustrations of the Bible’s stories. They were also propaganda from both sides of the Reformation battle.
Oct. 17, 2009-Jan. 24, 2010. $7 donation. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, 571 S. Kilgo Circle. 404-727-4282, www.carlos.emory.edu.
– Cathy Fox, for the AJC