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    • 07 Jul 2015
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Center for Early Modern History, 120 Anderson Library, University of Minnesota (West Bank)
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    Registration is closed

    Symposium - Leonardo Da Vinci: the Scientist, The Inventor, The Artist: Legacy of the Ultimate Renaissance Man

    Parking is available at the 19th Street Ramp (across from HHH and Carlson), and at the 21st Ave. & 4th Street ramp (across from Rarig Center).

    This event is FREE but seating is limited – Please register here to reserve a seat.

    In the 15th century, Leonardo formulated and experimented scientific principles based on evidence. Only in recent years experts in various disciplines have begun to analyze and elucidate the thousands of pages contained in his manuscripts, including the Codex Leicester on exhibit at MIA this summer. In this workshop, 4 highly recognized Leonardo experts will present Leonardo’s vast legacy from different perspectives.

    Our panelists:

    Alex Bortolot, curator of the Codex Leicester Exhibit and content strategist at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. A specialist in African art, he helped reinterpret the museum’s African galleries, and is overseeing a reinterpretation of all galleries to ensure a state-of-the-art visitor experience. He was previously an assistant curator at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College.

    Sara Taglialagamba, Sorbonne University, Paris I, expert on the hydraulic systems invented by Leonardo (will join via SKYPE)

    Mark Rosheim, engineer, inventor and founder of Ross-Hime Designs, has produced designs and products based on Leonardo’s drawings. He is the author of 3 books including Leonardo’s Lost Robots and has published many articles and lectured at several prestigious institutions.

    Michael Gaudio, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota. He specializes in the visual arts of early modern Europe and the Atlantic world, and has published widely on the visual arts in relation to early modern science, religion, and cultural encounter.

    The presentations:

    Alex Bortolot will present “Leonardo da Vinci, the Codex Leicester, and the Creative Mind”. He will discuss the MIA exhibit of the same title and explore its central premise: that the Codex Leicester, one of Leonardo's scientific notebooks, provides a window into his creative process, and allows us to draw connections between his work and that of contemporary artists, engineers, and designers.

    Sara Taglialagamba and Mark Rosheim, outstanding experts on Leonardo, will present "Leonardo's Robot Lion". This promises to be an intriguing topic given the many accolades and television appearances Mark has collected in his career.

    Michael Gaudio will discuss “Art and Science in the Work of Leonardo da Vinci”. He will talk about Leonardo's work and its relationship to our modern categories of "art" and "science."

    The presentations will be followed by a short Questions & Answers session.


    Thank you to the Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota  the Department of History (CLA), University of Minnesota, and The James Ford Bell Library and Associates for their valuable contribution.

    • 19 Aug 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Clifton House, 300 Clifton Avenue, Minneapolis
    • 148

    Cocktail Reception at historic Clifton House 


    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    6:30 - 9:30 PM

    Location: Clifton House, 300 Clifton Avenue, Minneapolis

    ICC & MIA Members $45 / Non-members $55
    We are happy to extend our member price ($45) to all MIA members. To register and receive this price, please contact the ICC at 612-298-2223.

    Join us in welcoming the Italian Consul in Chicago, Adriano Monti in his first official visit to the Twin Cities as he meets members and supporters of the Italian Cultural Center and pays homage to Leonardo’s genius. 

    The evening will kick off with a few remarks from the Consul as well as JB Shank, Director of the Department of History at the University of Minnesota. Participants will enjoy passed and stationary hors d'oeuvres and desserts complemented by a selection of high quality Italian wines. 

    The renovated 300 Clifton House is a fitting location to host this reception for its elegance and historic ties to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

    All proceeds will benefit the Italian Cultural Center. 


    Grazie to our Sponsors:

    300 Clifton House
    Artful Living magazine
    Antinori wines

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