Humanities West Book Discussion: Leonardo da Vinci
Join us to discuss Walter Isaacson's award-winning biography: Leonardo da Vinci. Based on da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects da Vinci's art to his science. He shows how da Vinci’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. Da Vinci produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But he was just as much a man of science and technology, pursuing innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology and weaponry. Da Vinci’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity—so too does his ease with being different: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted and at times heretical. His life reminds us of the importance of not just accepting received knowledge but being willing to question it. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris.
The Commonwealth Club
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San Francisco, 94105