ITAL100 - TOPICS: FRESHMAN SEMINAR

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Section 401 - SEM
Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous artists of the Italian Renaissance but art was not his primary interest, as testified by the many notebooks he wrote on a great variety of subjects, from architecture to hydraulic and mechanical engineering, to ballistics, painting, biology, anatomy, and so on. In fact, it is through his writings that we can truly get to know him and learn to distinguish between the historical Leonardo, and the mythical painter, inventor, and alchemist he became in popular culture, landing a role, for example, in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and in the video game Assassin's Creed. While we will acknowledge the myth, In this seminar, we will focus primarily on his own writings to learn what the real Leonardo ate and what he read; about the many jobs he held, particularly at the Sforza court in Milan; and especially how art and science are inextricably linked in his thought.
MWF 0200PM-0300PM
JOHNSTON, MARINA
FISHER-BENNETT HALL 141