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Leonardo Da Vinci: The Science of Art and the Art of Science

Study Day on Wednesday 16th October 2019 at 10:00AM

Lecturer: Caroline Brooke
Venue: Bishopswood Village Hall

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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is the most famous painter of the Italian Renaissance. What is less well-known however is the extraordinary philosophy that can be said to govern all of his work; that the task of the painter is not merely to replicate the appearance of things in his paintings but rather to recreate the forms that nature creates in the world.

This lecture aims to put Leonardo’s artistic production in context by explaining how his paintings, drawings, and scientific experiments are all governed by a quest to discover the underlying principles that he believes govern all forms. It demonstrates how all of Leonardo’s art can be understood as a form of science, and how his approach to science was governed by his artistic concerns.

Caroline Brook is an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck School of Art History and Lectures regularly at the National Gallery, Courtauld Institute, Carlton Club and the Academia Italiana. Publications include articles for the Burlington Magazine, Master Drawings and book reviews for the Art Newspaper and Art Quarterly. Author of the Universal Leonardo project website.

Cost: £37 including tea/coffee and lunch (catering by “Izzies”)

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