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Why Leonardo DaVinci Still Matters Today

October 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Virginia Club of New York and STUDIO invite you to join Francesca Fiorani (PAR ’17), Professor of Art History at UVA, as she shares her new insight into Leonardo da Vinci, the ultimate Renaissance man who was trained both as an artist and as a scientist. Based on her new book, Francesca argues that the artist’s training in the arts and the sciences is still relevant to modern times. She will tie the artist’s approach to the academic interdisciplinary character of UVA while referencing her UVA Leonardo course which enrolls students in the arts and the sciences from the College, Engineering, and Architecture.

About the speaker:

Francesca Fiorani (PAR ’17) is a professor of art history at the University of Virginia, where she has served as Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities and Chair of the Department of Art. A leading authority on Renaissance art and its connections to science and technology, she is an expert on Leonardo da Vinci. In collaboration with UVA’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, she created Leonardo da Vinci and His Treatise on Painting, a resource that scholars worldwide now access and use. She is the author of numerous books, including The Shadow Drawing: How Science Taught Leonardo How to Paint and The Marvel of Maps: Art, Cartography and Politics in Renaissance Italy.


STUDIO is the Virginia Club of New York’s arts affinity interest group. The committee is dedicated to connecting UVA alumni through arts events and opportunities and typically meets on the second Monday of the month. For more information, please email studio.virginiclub@gmail.com or subscribe to receive email updates.

You will receive an email with the Zoom link prior to the event. We ask that participants register by 12:00 p.m. on the day of the event.