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Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman Talk ‘Doctor Who’ at Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. [Repost]

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Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman amuse the crowd during the Q&A, Awesome Con, Washington, D.C. Credit: Pat Cuadros

Doctor Who fans converged on Washington, D.C. for Awesome Con on earlier this month to see Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. The U.K. actors were interviewed by Kristen Page-Kirby, the Senior Arts Editor for the Washington Post Express. The half hour panel also featured a Q&A with the audience.

“I’m not sure how successfully Clara was able to wipe [the Doctor’s] mind,” Capaldi hinted about future episodes. He stopped mid-sentence before giving away anything else. Though Clara has left, it remains to be seen where these leftover pieces, if any, will take the Doctor. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Fantastic Summer at the Art Museum: ‘Guarding Leonardo da Vinci’

Yes, it’s April 15th, which means your Federal income taxes are due today. On a much more positive note, it’s also the birthday of celebrated Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, who lived from 1452-1519. I’m always excited about Leonardo because I studied Art History as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, situated within a day’s drive of our nation’s capital: Washington, D.C. The close proximity is quite nice, as it affords me with the opportunity to visit the National Gallery of Art on a regular basis. The NGA is the only museum on the Western Hemisphere that houses a Leonardo painting.

Leonardo da Vinci, Ginevra de' Benci, c. 1474/1478. Oil on Panel. National Gallery of Art, Washinton, D.C. Photo by Pat Cuadros.

Leonardo da Vinci, Ginevra de’ Benci, c. 1474/1478. Oil on Panel. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Photo by Pat Cuadros.

The Ginevra de’ Benci, executed in oils during the 1470s, is a rather masterful portrait that still continues to marvel visitors today. It was purchased in 1967 with funds from Alisa Mellon Bruce. I sat down recently for an interview with my co-worker, Toni Engel-Gonchoroff, to explore the impact that Leonardo da Vinci’s work has had on her life. She worked as a museum guard at the NGA, keeping a close eye on the Ginevra during the summer of ’68.

Check out the interview below or via Youtube. I’ve also included a montage of my own artistic endeavors. As an aside, this video was my first foray into the realm of film editing programs such as iMovie and Adobe Premiere Pro. In spite of the challenges, it was quite exciting to pull this project together!

As I mention in the video, “Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty” runs from today (April 15th) through June 14, 2015 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. The same exhibition concluded last week in at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Va, as well as the Leicester Codex viewing at the Phoenix Art Museum. The Ginevra de’ Benci is part of the permanent collection at the NGA, so there’s no need to hit both Boston and D.C. on the same vacation if you’re on a tight schedule. Finally, this year marked the limited release of  “Inside the Mind of Leonardo,” with Peter Capaldi (“Doctor Who”) as the Renaissance artist. What will 2016 bring for us to enjoy from Leonardo da Vinci?

Thank you again to Toni for agreeing to share her story.


Update on 5/3/2015: I made edits to the interview after I received a response to one of the pending photo requests.

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News: My Interview Question to Peter Capaldi for ‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D’

During an excursion to our nation’s capital, I was pleasantly surprised to see the activity on what I’ll refer to as the “Leonardo da Vinci scene” when I checked my phone. I’ve already mentioned the Leonardo exhibitions in 2015, each of which seem to be well worth the trip if you can get around to it.

However, it’s not often that you can count yourself as part of news developments, as was the case in my situation. The team behind the U.S. release of “Inside the Mind of Leonardo” asked for questions on November 25th, either to put to Peter Capaldi or to discuss behind-the-scenes aspects of the documentary. I sent in the following question:

My question to the (Spin) Doctor. We didn't get any spin in his answer. Photo by Pat Cuadros.

My question to Peter Capaldi, the (Spin) Doctor. We didn’t get any spin in his answer. Photo by Pat Cuadros.

Every day, they’ve been posting small clips with the questions they selected for Capaldi to answer. They uploaded the answer to my inquiry just this past Saturday, which you can view here or down below:

I like the point he makes in his response. Your first inclination may be to view the Renaissance as a great period of bustling activity, knowledge-sharing, construction, and so on. Certainly, we know from historical accounts (museums and archives, too) that the workshops and courts were busy. However, it didn’t mean that progress was made on all fronts or that all ideas were readily and quickly accepted everywhere. The geniuses in history often faced an uphill battle on some of the masterpieces or intellectual concepts they were advocating.

I highly encourage you to check out their Facebook and Twitter pages for more information about the project and to see what other interesting questions people are submitting. Don’t get left behind on all things Leonardo because there will be a lot of great stuff you’ll wish you had seen!

“Inside the Mind of Leonardo in 3D” is being released in the U.S. under History Films and Submarine Deluxe. Directed by Julian Jones, it stars Peter Capaldi as Leonardo da Vinci.

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