You are cordially invited to the Leonardo da Vinci Society Annual Lecture,
This Friday, 8 May, at 6 pm
At the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House
Professor Paul Hills (Professor Emeritus of Renaissance Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art) will discuss:
'Leonardo, Luca Pacioli and the Venetian optic c. 1480-1510'
Admission is free; all are welcome.
Venetian painting around 1500 is marked by a distinctive geometry and a special regard for light. This may be explained, in part, by the repeated presence in Venice of the mathematician and friend of Leonardo, Luca Pacioli. Less concerned with linear perspective as a system for delineating a recessional space than with the construction of complex regular bodies, Pacioli's teaching stressed proportion and interval. Carpaccio, Giovanni Bellini and the young Giorgione were receptive to this Paciolian culture of 'divine proportion'. By attending to the Venetians' pictorial construction of reflections and shadows we will trace similarities and significant differences between their work and that of Leonardo.
The meeting will be preceded by the Society AGM, at 5:30 pm in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre.
The Society website:
With best wishes,
Dr Matthew Landrus
Wolfson College &
Faculty of History
University of Oxford
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