LPCA kicks off film series with ‘Vermeer & Music’

LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will begin the new Exhibition OnScreen film series with “Vermeer & Music: The Art of Love and Leisure” at 1 p.m. Saturday .

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available by calling the LPCA Box Office at 518-523-2512 or online at www.lakeplacidarts.org.

‘Vermeer & Music’

Appropriately the series began at the National Gallery, London with Leonardo Live (November 2011) the first ever exhibition from a museum or gallery shown in cinemas. That was followed by Manet: Portraying Life from the Royal Academy, London and Munch 150 from Oslo’s National Gallery and Munch Museum. For many, Vermeer is the most startling and fascinating painter in history and this event film will show, for the first time ever, more than half of his stunning paintings in high-definition glory on the big screen. Not only will it capture a fascinating exhibition that explores the musical pastimes of 17th Century Netherlands by combining the art of Vermeer and his contemporaries with rare musical instruments, songbooks and live music from the Academy of Ancient Music. It will also provide an in-depth look at Vermeer’s biography and artistic output.

Filmed in New York and London, audiences were treated to the first large screen images from the new Vermeer room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art featuring all five of their Vermeer paintings hanging together for the first time. In Washington, four more works by the Dutch master hang. Back in Europe, the film visits Amsterdam and The Hague & Delft to explore where masterpieces such as the iconic Girl With the Pearl Earring and to find out more about the lift of the man who created them. Along the way, expert comments from the world’s leading authorities as well as bestselling novelist Tracey Chevalier, whose novel led to the best-selling 2003 film The Girl with the Pearl Earring starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson.

Host of the Vermeer show, leading arts broadcaster Tim Marlow states, “I that standing face-to-face with some of the greatest works of art ever made is one of the most powerful experiences in life. Exhibition OnScreen gives us the opportunity to convey something of this power in a cinematic format which brings the viewer as close to the real that as possible. Sometimes, the camera reveals even more than the naked eye.”