Leonardo da Vinci: Life and Thought

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Life and thought

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An in-depth study of Leonardo da Vinci

Course dates: Saturday 29 – 30 June 10.30 – 17.00

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This two-day course consists of six lectures that will explore Leonardo's multifaceted research as an artist, technologist and scientist, as well as an analysis of his codices. How did an artist transform into a great scientist? What gave a painter the ambition to renew anatomical science, like a doctor? How did he move from the study of machine components to studying animal body parts, comparing them to each other and then designing a flying machine that could make man fly? How did he move from the study of the human body to studying the earth’s 'body' and fossils, elaborating such original theories for his age? Such connections in the radical form in which they are presented by Leonardo are unthinkable in our age.

We will also analyse the historical and contextual conditions that, starting from late 15th century Florence, made all this possible. At the same time, we will enter the difficult but fascinating world of Leonardo's codices, analysing the way they were compiled and their relationship with Leonardo's mind and style of research.

If you purchase a ticket for this course please email adultlearning@bl.uk with your choice of timed entry to Leonardo: A Mind in Motion – either 09.30 or 10.00 on Saturday 29 June. You will be met in the Entrance Hall by a staff member with your timed ticket on Saturday. We recommend arriving 15 minutes before your timed exhibition ticket as there may be a queue. Tea and coffee will be served from 10.45 in the Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre, and the course will start at 11.00.


Name: Leonardo da Vinci: Life and Thought
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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