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500 Years of Leonardo, 1519-2019: A Lost Library? Leonardo’s Books

EVT 569
Oct 25
7:00 pm
Bldg. 420, Rm. 40 (Jordan Hall, Main Quad)
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This event shows a different date than what appears in the catalogue. The event will take place on Thursday, October 25th, in a new location. Please note, there is a Stanford Alumni event in the Main Quad occurring at the same time. Allow ample time to travel to campus and park nearby.
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On May 2, 1519, the Renaissance artist, architect, and engineer Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) died at Clos Lucé in Amboise, France, where he lived for the last three years of his life under the patronage of King Francis I. Leonardo could not have anticipated what a global icon of creativity and invention and perpetual museum exhibit he has become 500 years later.

To commemorate the anniversary of Leonardo’s death, we are sponsoring a year of reflection on Leonardo and his many different legacies. This lecture series, co-sponsored with the Stanford Program in History & Philosophy of Science and the Department of History, will bring distinguished Leonardo scholars to campus to discuss the many dimensions of his work. Stanford Continuing Studies will also offer a Spring course on Leonardo.

A Lost Library? Leonardo’s Books

Throughout his life, Leonardo da Vinci made lists of books. His lists grew over time as a reflection of his desire to gain an education and explore different kinds of knowledge. Professor Carlo Vecce from the University of Naples will discuss Leonardo’s library based on his highly acclaimed recent book, La biblioteca perduta: I libri di Leonardo (The Lost Library: Leonardo’s Books).

Carlo Vecce, Professor of Italian Literature, University of Naples “L’Orientale”; Visiting Professor, Paris 3 (Sorbonne Nouvelle) and UCLA

Carlo Vecce has worked on the manuscripts of Leonardo da Vinci, publishing the Book on Painting (Codex Urbinas), the Codex Arundel, and an anthology of Leonardo’s writings. His biography Leonardo has been translated into several languages, and his book La biblioteca perduta: I libri di Leonardo was published in 2016. He has also published poetry, dialogues, and compositions for theater.
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