Renaissance masters presented in Sarasota

April 17, 2014 

If the DaVinci Machines Exhibition in Bradenton has whet your appetite for information about Renaissance masters, you might want to head down to Sarasota this weekend

Mark Rodgers, the curator of the DaVinci Machines Exhibition, will repeat his multi-media presentation "DaVinci and Michelangelo Side by Side" at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Saturday.

The presentation compares the works of the two quintessential Renaissance men. It uses images and animations of artwork, paintings, sculptures and machines, and Rodgers talks about how DaVinci and Michelangelo struggled to coexist with each other and disputed issues that are still relevant.

DaVinci and Michelangelo were rivals, maybe even enemies, Rodgers said.

Before Rodgers brought the DaVinci Machines Exhibition to Bradenton, he had curated it in Denver, alongside a Michelangelo exhibition. He said he's hoping to bring that Michelangelo exhibition to Bradenton after the DaVinci Exhibition moves on, probably this summer.

Rodgers premiered "DaVinci and Michelangelo Side by Side" a few weeks back at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. It attracted good crowds and got a great reception, he said. But he called that the "Off-Broadway" version of the presentation

"The presentation itself is really designed for a larger faculty," he said. "We have a 16-foot-25-foot video screen."

Details: 8 p.m. April 19, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $15.70-$37.10. Information: 941-953-3368,

-- Marty Clear

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