Week 2 - Painting and Drawing

In the second week NEH Summer Scholars will have the unique possibility of examining up close some of Leonardo's paintings and drawings together with curators and restorers. This direct observation of Leonardo's works, coupled with the in-depth study of restoration reports, will be fundamental to acquire a fresh understanding of how Leonardo imbued his paintings and drawings with scientific knowledge. The Institute will also have the opportunity to engage in broader consideration on the application of modern science to the conservation, restoration, and study of Leonardo's works.

Antonio Natali, Director of the Uffizi Gallery, will guide NEH Summer Scholars to an in-depth examination of Leonardo's paintings. In his approach to Leonardo's paintings, on which he has published extensively, Dr. Natali combines the study of iconography and religion with modern technical analysis.

Alessandro Nova, Director of the KHI and Professor of Art History, University of Frankfurt, has written extensively on Leonardo, including on the artist's anatomical project. He will address NEH Summer Scholars on Leonardo and the wind, a topic that touches on one of Leonardo's main concerns --how to represent what is impossible to represent.

Cecilia Frosinini, Vice Director for Painting Restoration at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence, the world famous institution for the restoration and conservation of works of art, will guide NEH Summer Scholars through the state-of-the art laboratories of the Opificio. In past years Dr. Frosinini and her team have conducted extensive technical examinations on Leonardo's paintings in Florence and elsewhere. She will share with us the issues, debates, decisions, and technical analysis surrounding the conservation and restoration of Leonardo's paintings.

Marzia Faietti, Director of the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe, Uffizi Gallery (GDSU) and an expert on Renaissance drawing, will share with NEH Summer Scholars her unique knowledge of Leonardo's drawing technique. She will make it possible for NEH Summer Scholars to examine first hand a selection of works on paper by Leonardo and his contemporaries.

Jonathan Nelson, Assistant Director for Programs at the Villa I Tattiā€”The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies and Professor of Art History, Syracuse University, has written extensively on Florentine art and Leonardo, including a perceptive essay on Leonardo and femininity. He will lead the discussion on Leonardo, mythology, women, and femininity.

Field trip to Milan

The Institute will take a one-day trip to Milan to study Leonardo's works there, including the Last Supper, The Musician, and other works by Leonardo's followers. In Milan we will meet Pietro Marani, Professor of Art History, Politecnico di Milano, who was responsible for overseeing the restoration of Leonardo's Last Supper in the late 1980s. Marani has written extensively on Leonardo as a painter and on Renaissance art in Milan. He will guide us through Leonardo's works in the city, including the Last Supper.

Florence-Milan is an easy two-hour train ride. The train-ride and museum entries are included.