The fourth Louvre Abu Dhabi "Talking Art" series officially began on Wednesday with a discussion on Leonardo Da Vinci's La Belle Ferronniere, one of the masterpieces of the Musee du Louvre that will be on loan from France when Louvre Abu Dhabi opens.
Drawing attention to the first artwork by Da Vinci to be exhibited in the GCC, Vincent Pomarede, Director of Mediation and Cultural Programming, Musee du Louvre, Paris, brought to life the story and history of ‘La Belle Ferronniere' in a lecture entitled: "Leonardo Da Vinci in Abu Dhabi".
Presented by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the Agence France-Museums and Ecole du Louvre, the Talking Art series will hold four more panel discussions between the 5th November, 2014 and 27th May, 2015.
Exploring significant themes throughout the history of art through artworks that form part of Louvre Abu Dhabi's growing permanent collection, as well as key works on loan from partner institutions, this dynamic programme aims to bring together eminent specialists, curators, academics, architects, philosophers, writers and artists, whilst sharing their thoughts and ideas with the U.A.E. public.
Hissa Al Dhaheri, Programmes Manager of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, said, "The series is a vital part of Louvre Abu Dhabi's engagement with the scholarly community as well as local, regional and international audiences, giving the public an insight to the universal narrative of the museum. Fostering an awareness and understanding of art, history, culture and society through debate and discussion, this series will highlight key loans from the French museum in dialogue with artworks from the Louvre Abu Dhabi permanent collection."