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Past Event

Humanities West Presents Leonardo the Scientist-Artist

Five centuries after his death, Leonardo Da Vinci is attracting more attention for his art, his science and his mechanical inventiveness than ever. Humanities West celebrates his continuing cultural contributions with an encore presentation of "Leonardo’s Legacy," our February 2019 program, again featuring Martin Kemp, a world-renowned Leonardo scholar, who will treat us this time to his latest research on Leonardo’s study of the science of optics and how that study influenced his artistic creations. And Deborah Loft will reprise her popular lecture, "Leonardo's Artistic Legacy: Homage and Irony," which looks at the visual elements that make his work distinctive, and follows his significance through time to our contemporary culture.


A Humanities Member-led Forum program. Forums at the Club are organized and run by volunteer programmers who are members of The Commonwealth Club, and they cover a diverse range of topics. Learn more about our Forums.

In association with Humanities West, the Leonardo da Vinci Society and the Italian Cultural Institute.

Photos courtesy the speakers.

December 2, 2022

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Martin Kemp

Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, Oxford University; Honorary Chair of the DaVinci Network; Author, Living with Leonardo: Fifty Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World and Beyond, and Leonardo Da Vinci: The 100 Milestones

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Deborah Loft

Professor Emerita of Art History, College of Marin; Popular Lecturer in the Bay Area, Including at Humanities West Programs; Research and Teaching Interests Include the Art of Leonardo da Vinci

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George Hammond

Author, Conversations With Socrates—Moderator