“Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius”
Oct 6-Feb. 21, 2010. $18; $15, seniors and students with IDs; $11,
children 6-17; free for members and children 5 and under. 10 a.m.-5
p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays; until 8 p.m.
Thursdays; 12-5 p.m. Sundays. High Museum of Art. 1280 Peachtree St.
By Catherine Fox
Leonardo da Vinci is one of the great renaissance men of all time. Not only a peerless artist, he was also a skilled engineer, avant-garde scientist and inventor. There’s no hyperbole in the title of the High Museum of Art’s new exhibition: “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius.”
Yet, as you’ll see when the show opens on Tuesday, genius doesn’t germinate in a vacuum.
Leonardo came of age in one of the most glorious periods in western culture, when knowledge expanded, humanism took hold and culture bloomed. His artistic brilliance was rooted in his times and grounded in the artists who preceded him.
As guest curator Gary Radke wrote