“Art & Architecture in Cinema,” a seven-film program, will premiere one film each month from now until July. Presented as part of a partnership between Fathom Events and SpectiCast, the series invites viewers to a glimpse into the lives of artists and behind the scenes of museums and galleries.
The papal basilicas of Rome
“This curated collection of acclaimed films will give audiences around the U.S. an intimate and informed experience with some of the world’s leading artists and masterpieces,” Mark Rupp, SpectiCast president and chief operating officer, says. “It’s our mission to bring the great artistic treasures of the world to audiences who may not have direct access. With the highest-quality productions and unrivaled expert narration, this is as close to a museum experience as any culture lover could hope for.”
“This series is particularly wonderful because it brings the art to the people,” says Kymberli Frueh, Fathom Events vice president of programming. “For some, they may not otherwise be able to experience these spectacular works and sights, but now they can get the same up-close and personal experience from their local cinema.”
The films will be screened at theaters throughout the country. Find screening locations and tickets at FathomEvents.com and at participating theater box offices. Discover the full lineup:
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
Wednesday, January 27, at 7 p.m. local time
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery is a multidimensional look at the city that was once the cradle of the Italian Renaissance. Journey through the most beautiful and representative works of the period—Michelangelo, Filippo Brunelleschi, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli, with a detailed central chapter dedicated to the very treasure house containing their masterpieces: the Uffizi Gallery. This feature includes da Vinci's breathtaking “Adoration of the Magi,” which will be brought back to life in 2016, after several years of restoration, and unveiled here in an exclusive premiere on the big screen.
Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood
Thursday, February 11, at 7 p.m. local time
Discover Spain’s most celebrated artist with this cinematic tour de force based on the National Gallery’s must-see exhibition “Goya: The Portraits.” Francisco Goya is considered the father of modern art. Not only a brilliant observer of everyday life and Spain’s troubled past, he is a gifted portrait painter and social commentator par excellence. Goya takes the genre of portraiture to new heights, and his genius is reappraised in a landmark exhibition at The National Gallery, London.
Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius in Milan
Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. local time
This exhibition-event is the result of six years’ work by leading Leonardo experts Pietro Marani and M. Teresa Fiorio. It is divided into 12 sections, retracing with scientific rigor the multiple paths traveled by the mind of the genius, including the foundation of drawing, the role of nature and science, comparison between the arts, reflection on the ancients, the utopian projects, anatomy and mechanics, the unity of knowledge, images of the divine and myths over the centuries (starting with the success of the Mona Lisa).
Renoir: Revered and Reviled
Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. local time
Pierre-Auguste Renoir is one of the most fiercely debated artists and yet one of the most influential. Picasso collected more Renoirs than any other artist. Matisse revered him; Monet too. He was an artist that was instrumental in creating the impressionist movement and then totally rejected it and went in a completely new direction—with extraordinary results. The Barnes Collection in Philadelphia has more Renoirs than any other gallery in the world, and it is there that the search begins to tell the incredible story of this remarkable artist.
Monet to Matisse: Painting the Modern Garden
Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. local time
Claude Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, but he was not alone. Artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Pierre Bonnard, Camille Pissarro and Henri Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art. These great artists, along with many other famous names, are featured in an innovative exhibition from The Cleveland Museum of Art and The Royal Academy, London. From the exhibition walls to the beauty of artist gardens like Monet’s “Giverny,” we take a magical journey to discover how artists used the modern garden to explore radical and wonderful new ideas.
Teatro Alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders
Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m. local time
This is the theater where absolute masterpieces came to life, such as “Nabucco,” “Norma” and “Othello,” and which hosted, in the fifties, Luchino Visconti’s scandalous, cutting-edge “Traviata,” featuring Maria Callas. It is the place were historical mise-en-scènes have taken place and where extraordinary voices have been immortalized, such as those of Plácido Domingo, Renata Tebaldi, Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti, as well as incredible performances by legendary conductors Arturo Toscanini, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti and Claudio Abbado.
The Papal Basilicas of Rome
Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. local time
This is a unique feature that combines history, spirituality, architecture and art. It takes its cue from the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, proclaimed by Pope Francis, which will see the faithful from all over the world pour into Rome in their millions, to cross the threshold of the papal basilicas and obtain a plenary indulgence. The opening of the Holy Doors will be a historical moment, certain to draw the whole world’s attention to Rome’s papal basilicas and be the ideal opportunity to tell the story, using a narrative language that will emotionally involve audiences, as they witness the magnificence that lies inside the four basilicas.