This year marks the quincentennial of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance master who died in May 1519. Artist, inventor, architect, and all-around genius his works will be on display in dozens of exhibitions around the world.
The Institute hosts a talk by Paolo Galluzzi titled: Leonardo da Vinci. The signs of time: history of the Earth and the fate of mankind.
“Based on insightful observations and daring hypotheses, Leonardo da Vinci was among the first to hold that Earth has a long history marked by continuous transformations. In his view, these changes could create environmental conditions that would make life of humans and animals impossible. This talk will explore Leonardo’s understanding of the terrestrial globe drawing from in his notebooks, including the Codex Leicester. Where did Leonardo get his ideas about nature and time from, and how did they evolve?”
Paolo Galluzzi, an Italian historian of science and an internationally recognized scholar of Leonardo’s science and engineering, is an expert on Leonardo’s engagement with technology. He is the long-time director of an important museum and research institute in Florence, Museo Galileo, and has taught periodically for Stanford OSP in Florence. He is currently the president of the National Committee Leonardo commission overseeing the public all Leonardo commemorations in Italy.
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