NEH Summer Institute — Leonard da Vinci | Between Art and Science — 25 June - 13 July 2012 in Florence, Italy

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I envisage vigorous discussions across disciplines that will facilitate collaborative scholarship.

I hope the Institute will attract an excellent group of NEH Summer Scholars who will quickly bond as an intellectual community. NEH Summer Scholars will come from different backgrounds, training, institutions, and career stages, but they will share the vision of an integrated approach to Renaissance culture that takes into account the role of images and of visualization in the construction and transmission of knowledge.

The program is designed to invite a span of disciplinary perspectives, including art history, history, history of science, literature and comparative literature, architectural history, philosophy, and religious studies. This heterogeneous group, which reflects the interdisciplinary culture of the Renaissance itself, will explore Renaissance art and science through a multi-faceted and sustained analysis of Leonardo's paintings, drawings, and writings.

All readings will be in English. Knowledge of Italian will be helpful, but it will not be necessary for participation in the Institute.

It is my hope that NEH Summer Scholars will return to their research interests with a greatly enhanced understanding of Leonardo da Vinci's thought processes and works so that they can better address with their classes and in their research the historical contexts of the relations between art and science in the early modern period.

— Francesca Fiorani
     Associate Professor of Art History
     University of Virginia


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