Lecture

Leonardo: The Intersection of Science and Art

Leonardo: The Intersection of Science and Art

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Speaker: Bülent Atalay, Professor of Physics, University of Mary Washington and University of Virginia, and a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Type: Lecture

Leonardo da Vinci is known as a supreme artist, the creator of some of the most famous works in history. What is less known is that he was only a part-time artist. His relentless curiosity to understand the world drove him to study nature, make careful observations, seek mathematical proofs and record all his findings. When he created his miraculous paintings, he imbued them with his scientific passions—his intuitive knowledge of optics, geology, hydrology and mathematics. Leonardo was in the business of inventing the future. But since he never published his discoveries, he did not materially influence it. Dr. Atalay looks at Leonardo’s grand achievements as a creator who approached science through art and art through science—and the tragedy of his long-unheralded status as a visionary.


Theater | Free with admission | Stickers for ensured seating are distributed in the Main Entrance gallery starting at 3:00 p.m. Members enjoy early seating between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m.; general admission seating begins at 3:45 p.m.