Studies in Art

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Leonardo da Vinci’s time in Milan in the 1480s and 1490s was the making of him both as an artist and as a public figure. His position as Court Painter to Duke Ludovico Sforza gave him the freedom to explore new ways of perceiving and recording the natural world, focusing especially on human proportion, anatomy and the emotions. These pre-occupations can be seen in the extraordinary paintings he executed there, including his two different versions of the Virgin of the Rocks and The Last Supper.

This course will look at Leonardo’s development as an artist from his Florentine beginnings to his time in Milan, as well as exploring the cultural and intellectual circles that he frequented.


Tuesday 8 November 2011

10.30am
The Young Leonardo and the Florentine Tradition
Patrick Doorly, Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford

12.00noon
Leonardo the Courtier
Michael Douglas-Scott, Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck College

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Anatomy and Ideal Proportion in Leonardo’s St Jerome
Dr Scott Nethersole, Lecturer in Italian Renaissance Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art


Tuesday 15 November 2011

10.30am
Humanist Philosophers and their circle in Florence and Milan in the 1470s
Dr Dilwyn Knox, Reader in Renaissance studies, University College London

12.00noon
The Sforza Dukes: Renaissance Princes with Feet of Clay?
Jane Black, York College

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan
Per Rumberg, National Gallery


Tuesday 22 November 2011

10.30am
The Sister of Painting: Music at Court in Leonardo’s Milan
Dr Tim Shephard, Lecturer in Music, Worcester College, University of Oxford

12.00noon
Machines of Mars: Weapons, Armour and Military Technology in the Time of Leonardo
Dr Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour, Wallace Collection

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Visit to the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” at the National Gallery


Tuesday 29 November 2011

10.30am
The Virgin of the Rocks and Leonardo’s Painting Practice
Ashok Roy, Director of Science, The National Gallery

12.00noon
Leonardo da Vinci’s Drawings: Techniques and Functions
Francis Ames-Lewis, Emeritus Professor, Birkbeck College

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Leonardo and Milanese Painting
Arturo Galansino, National Gallery