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Leonardo Da Vinci- National Gallery

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susiecb Mon 31-Oct-11 09:35:54

Did anyone see the programme last night - absoluteley riveting (except of course for Fiona Bruce mincing about as if she were the star of the show.)I would love to see this showing - be a nice one for Gransnetters to meet up at???smile

Mishap Mon 31-Oct-11 09:44:47

Oh....I rather like Fiona Bruce!

dorsetpennt Mon 31-Oct-11 09:53:13

Fiona Bruce also did a programme about Palaces, but as you say susieb it's galling to see her mincing about. I'd much rather have an expert present the show not a news reader. It's typical of BBC1 which has dumbed itself down in the past few years - in the past someone like Roy Strong would have been the presenter. She is likeable but she is a newsreader - keep BBC 4 please...

absentgrana Mon 31-Oct-11 09:53:35

No I didn't see the programme. Fiona Bruce gets on my nerves but then so many other prating presenters do as well. However, I love the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and hope to get to the National Gallery. I'm not sure how long the exhibition is planned to last. Can you enlighten me please susciecb?

dorsetpennt Mon 31-Oct-11 09:54:57

It'll be on line

absentgrana Mon 31-Oct-11 10:05:17

Of course it will dorsetpennt. Note to self: This is the twenty-first century.

jinglej Mon 31-Oct-11 10:08:35

I enjoyed the programme. Had mixed feelings about Fiona Bruce. She can obviously converse in foreign languages very well which must have been helpful. But do they have to focus on her quite so much!

She is too "little miss perfect"!

susiecb Mon 31-Oct-11 10:23:05

I think the exhibition is on until February I am too sluggish to look it up this morning!! FB is just a bit overpowering - why do we have to see her walking about so much - yes we can see she is thin and tall - so what! I think the BBC give people like her a big contract and then have to get as much work out of them as possible. Quite like antiques roadshow but she does a lot of Nigella type flirting to the camera.

dorsetpennt Mon 31-Oct-11 10:23:08

That is the trouble with having that type pf presenter. Too much emphasis on her, her makeup and clothes - whereas Roy Strong wouldn't care a less, the emphasis would be on the product not the presenter. I'm not a particular fan of Sir Roy I'm just using him as an example

dorsetpennt Mon 31-Oct-11 10:24:38

Nigella oh susieb I'd love to chuck a bowl of her food all over her - she just smirks in a self-satisfied way that I can't bear to watch her. Oh I sound really nasty don't I?

gracesmum Mon 31-Oct-11 10:38:54

It is supposed to be a brilliant exhibition, but why was the Beeb trailing the prog about an artist called "Da Vinci" - he is, was and always will be "Leonardo". ( Same objection to the title of that silly book by Dan Brown)
PedantsRus x

Butternut Mon 31-Oct-11 10:40:06

It's on at the National Gallery until February.

The Mona Lisa will not be exhibited. I wonder why not. Bit of an enigma, that.


jinglej Mon 31-Oct-11 11:21:53

Isn't it because bits are peeling off of it ("degrading")? They probably don't dare move it.

jinglej Mon 31-Oct-11 11:22:36

Yes. Very good Butternut hmm wink

Elegran Mon 31-Oct-11 11:29:52

I didn't know that there was a copy of the last supper in this country. Made very near the time it was painted, so it shows what it was like before it started disintegrating.

The French will be keeping the Mona Lisa at home in case someone steals it or slashes it.

Annobel Mon 31-Oct-11 11:33:53

I have no quarrel with Fiona Bruce and as for being 'little miss perfect' - for goodness' sake, would it be better if she was imperfect? I think someone as bright and well-presented as she is probably can't win with an audience of women. I bet the granddads rate her!

crimson Mon 31-Oct-11 11:50:09

I think if anyone turned up at the Louvre expecting to see the Mona Lisa and it wasn't there they'd be devastated; I know I would be. Our cinema is showing the opening night live on 8th November 7pm and a lot of other cinemas are doing the same [in the way that they show National Theatre productions now]. Obviously not the same as actually 'seeing' the paintings, though.

jinglej Mon 31-Oct-11 11:53:09

Oh, you must know what I mean Annobel.

And I certainly wasn't taking it that seriously. hmm

Jacey Mon 31-Oct-11 15:32:54

That's why I didn't watch it ...FB ...had too much of her in the palaces programmes ...including her singing!! shock
yes dorsetpennt ...all for keeping BBC4

jinglej Mon 31-Oct-11 15:55:11

She sings as well?!!! shock

Charlotta Mon 31-Oct-11 19:36:27

Leonardo de Vinci has done so much more than the Mony Lisa and The Last Supper. When I go to the Louvre I give it a miss. He invented or had the idea of, the bicycle, ball bearings, helicopters and even the way repairmen climb up telegraph poles using pulleys. And then all the drawings of human anatomy.
I saw an exhibition of all his drawings once in the former East Germany. Just a modest advertisement, no TV programme but 3 hours worth of genius to study in detail.
As to Fiona Bruce. I'm not surprised I'm not the only one who cringes at her style, even reading the news. She sounds to me as if Mummy sent her to too many elecution lessons.

Jacey Tue 01-Nov-11 13:27:38

OK ...think ...if brain was workinghmm ... Sky Arts next tuesday programme from the opening!! ...linked to name 'Roy Strong'!! dorsetpennt

Jacey Tue 08-Nov-11 16:26:47

Sky Arts 1... 7pm tonight

You might like to check this site out too ...

Elegran Wed 09-Nov-11 11:20:28

I would have liked to see more closeups of the actual paintings. Lots of views of talking heads being interviewed (some more interesting than others) but they missed a chance to zoom in really close to see the details and Leonardo's brush strokes.

gracesmum Wed 09-Nov-11 12:42:48

smilesmileI have got on to a trip to the Leonardo exhibition in early December with the Retirement Education Centre where I am currently doing Art History. Coach there and back, no overcrowded trains or paying an arm and a leg for parking at the station! And a group of like-minded friends to enjoy it with. I just feel guilty that DH can't come too but it sold out almost immediately.