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Pleasantville Takes Virtual Tour of da Vinci

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Art enthusiasts from around Westchester recently saw paintings from centuries ago done by the great Leonardo da Vinci up close and personal.  But they didn't need to get on a flight to Europe, they had only to drive to  Pleasantville and go to the Jacob Burns Film Center.

“It’s a great privilege to have this opportunity right here in Pleasantville for people to take advantage of,” said Pleasantville resident Irene Mastrangelo.  “And I think people from all across the county are coming here for this.”

Leonardo Live is a special event put on by the Burns Center where residents are able to take a virtual tour of the ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan’ exhibition in the United Kingdom’s National Gallery.  The event was held this past Thursday and will once again be shown on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

On top of being able to take a live look-in at some of the rarest paintings in the world on the big screen, the event features commentary and discussion from experts around the world.

Irv Kelson is a member at the Jacob Burns Center and noted da Vinci as one of his favorite artists of all time.  The Bedford resident said the experience was one to remember.

“I thought it was superb,” Kelson said.  “It was marvelous to look at some of da Vinci’s work and it was very informative.”

Mastrangelo said that viewing the paintings, let alone from the comforts of a theater seat, is a rare occurrence.

“Most people will never otherwise have a chance to go and see this exhibit,” Mastrangelo said.  “Even if you went over there, you wouldn't be able get this close to see the paintings in this detail as you can here.”

The London Telegraph called the da Vinci exhibition at the National Gallery, ‘the greatest exhibition of the century’. Leonardo Live is just over an hour and a half long.  Show times on Feb. 22 will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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