From 6th March 2015 to 3rd January 2016, the Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light) at Les Baux-de- Provence continue their artistic adventure with a unique multimedia show: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael. Giants of the Renaissance. Produced by Culturespaces and directed by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi, this new spectacle offers a unique opportunity to view the greatest masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance from a new perspective, scanned and projected onto the monumental quarry surfaces. Accompanied by music, the visitor is led to an encounter with the greatest masters of Italian painting for an extraordinary experience, capable of stimulating emotions as strong as they are surprising.
Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael: guests of honour in 2015
The Carrières de Lumières is the setting for masterpieces created by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael between the late 15th century and early 16th century in Florence, Milan and Rome. Set in motion by means of high-performance technology that tailors music and images to completely permeate the enclosure, the digitised works of art come alive on the floor and on the quarry walls which are transformed into gigantic picture rails.
For thirty minutes or so, the spectator is invited to roam freely around the quarry site (7000 m2) for a dynamic visit. Guided throughout the show by excerpts of carefully selected music, he will rediscover such remarkable works as the Annunciation, the Virgin and Child with St. Anne, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci (1442-1519); The Young Woman with Unicorn, The School of Athens and the Triumph of Galatea by Raphael (1483-1520); the ceiling vault of the Sistine Chapel and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo (1475- 1564)...
The spectacle offers a moving face to face with portraits that display their perfection in fine detail on the quarry walls, whereas the frescoes impress as much by their monumental dimensions as by the extraordinary gallery of characters which populates them. During the show, certain details of the frescoes that normally decorate the walls and vaults of churches, villas and Italian palaces, are specially highlighted in the Quarries thanks to digital technology, offering the visitor a unique opportunity to see them as never before.