The Renaissance Studies Program
“Techné: Intersections of Theory and Practice in Renaissance Culture” Series
Presents the final lecture by
Curved Lines: Leonardo da Vinci and the Techné of Draughtsmanship
In a passage for his planned Treatise on Painting, Leonardo da Vinci claimed that the practice of painting is more dignified than theoretical knowledge. Throughout his career as a scientist and technologist, Leonardo developed the genre of drawing as an experimental field for theory. This paper will focus on the category of process, on graphic materials, ‘chaotic’ compositions, and the development of Leonardo’s graphic techniques, with a special emphasis on the relationship between the curved line and Leonardo’s hydrological and anatomical studies.
Frank Fehrenbach is Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University.
This lecture is made possible through the support of the College Arts and Humanities Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost, the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French and Italian, the Robert and Avis Burke Lecture Series, the Department of the History of Art, and the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science. There will be coffee, tea and light refreshments.