Science and Art: The Connection Between Leonardo’s Disciplines

August 14, 2017  • Society of Fellows

How did Leonardo, who began his career as an artist and a technician in Verrocchio’s workshop in Florence, slowly transform himself into a scientist? The exploration of this process requires the juxtaposition of anatomy and art, of technology and science. We will see how Leonardo’s hands-on experience as a technician provided him mechanical models for the study of the natural world and how his study of biological processes enabled him to understand the history of the earth—the ‘body of man’ and the ‘body of the earth.’

Walter Isaacson, Domenico Laurenza
Moderator: Eric Motley