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Last weekend to see High’s Leonardo da Vinci exhibit

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Workers moved three bronze figures by Giovan Francesco Rustici into the High Museum of Art's Leonardo exhibition in September. They'll be moving them out next week. AJC file photo

The High Museum of Art extended its hours this weekend to give people a few more chances to see “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius.” It’ll be the last chance — the exhibition closes on Sunday.

The museum will be open 10 a.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

I explained in this preview post that “Hand of the Genius” isn’t an expansive show of the greatest hits. It educates us about Leonardo’s influences, and offers a (very) close look at a few detailed pieces. It can look sparse, but there’s a lot to take in.

Art Critic Catherine Fox wrote of the show:

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 in his book “Art in Renaissance Italy,” this was a period where art mattered. Civic pride, piety, appreciation of beauty and, of course, the status of patronage found voice in an outpouring of art. The Florence of Leonardo’s youth was a creative hotbed. He could absorb the lessons of the best and brightest merely by walking its streets and visiting its churches.

Cathy went on to explain that Radke believes two figures in a relief in the exhibition aren’t the work of one of the older masters, but of Leonardo. If it’s true, “you’ll be getting the first stateside look at the hand of genius-in-the-making.”

Of course, if great is what you want, they’ve got you covered in terms of size, too:  don’t forget the 24-foot, 6,600-pound Sforza horse they built outside the museum as part of the exhibition.

Want to go? “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius” closes Feb. 21. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4444, www.high.org.

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