This should be a fascinating chat for culture vultures.
Jonathan Jones, art critic of The Guardian and author of The Lost Battles, will be discussing his new book, which explores two of the greatest artists in history, at the Da Vinci – The Genius exhibition at MOSI, this Saturday.
They couldn't stand each other. They hated each other's skill, their egos clashed. It was a weird coincidence that two of the greatest artists that have ever lived were working in the same city at the same time.
Jones is asking who won the painting competition between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo back in the early 1500s.
He said to Confidential: “When Leonardo returned to Florence he was a celebrity. The Mona Lisa was a sensation and he let people in to view his work on the easel. The Florentine Republic wanted a permanent Leonardo work so he was then commissioned to paint the The Battle of Anghiari.
“Meanwhile Michelangelo, 23 years younger than Leonardo, was at work in secrecy behind screens, in the Opera del Duomo, carving David. When it was revealed Leonardo criticised the sculpture as vulgar and claimed it needed metal underpants to cover its genitals.
“This flashpoint crystallises their mutual antagonism. They couldn't stand each other. They hated each other's skill, their egos clashed. It was a weird coincidence that two of the greatest artists that have ever lived were working in the same city at the same time. And that coincidence was combustible, especially over the The Battle of Anghiari.”
The event takes place at 2pm, 24 April 2010, at MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry), Liverpool Road, Castlefield, City, M3 4FP, 0161 832 2244.
Tickets include entry to the Da Vinci – The Genius exhibition and Jonathan Jones’ talk: The Lost Battles. Prices are £9.50 for adults, £7 for concessions. Tickets are available at the MOSI Box Office or www.ticketmaster.co.uk, call 0844 847 2261 (24 hours). Tickets are non-refundable. For more information look up www.mosi.org.uk or www.davincithegenius.com
Tour guiding web address is: www.jonathanschofieldtours.com
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