On the NYRblog, Jenny Uglow considers Frederick Wiseman’s three-hour documentary about the National Gallery in London, mostly filmed during its exhibition, “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan,” in 2012. She writes:
Wiseman is now eighty-four, and this documentary is made with all the sympathy and sly craft that have distinguished his work over the years. It flows and shifts like water through its three hours, so smoothly that time seems to vanish. He makes us feel both one of the crowd and a privileged insider. As the rooms empty, curators explain the knowledge of Leonardo’s technique that the show has brought them, pondering the value of seeing the pictures together and Leonardo’s extraordinary capacity to “paint the invisible,” the just-out-of-reach—a spiritual quality that speaks across time.
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