Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519): enigma and genius

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Art Historian Costantino D’Orazio reveals the hidden enigmas in the masterpieces of this genius.

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Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519): enigma and genius

A public lecture by Costantino D’Orazio, Art historian and writer, Rome

Painter, Sculptor, Inventor, Scientist, Musician, Architect. The eclectic Leonardo da Vinci is considered to be one of the greatest geniuses known to humankind, the creator of the world’s most famous painting, a precursor for many modern inventions and yet he is still one of history’s most enigmatic figures. There are many questions which surround him: how is it that he was never able to bring to completion even one of his works, as is the case of the “Mona Lisa”? Why did a scientist of his calibre paint “The Last Supper” on such fragile material? Why are we unable to identify beyond doubt the figures he painted, as is the case for the “Belle ferroniere”? The life and work of Vinci are a rebus which Costantino D’Orazio deciphers using a new, interpretative key which follows Vinci’s paintings like Ariadne’s thread to explore the labyrinthine mind of the artist. D’Orazio takes each painted work as an opportunity for understanding Leonardo’s creative personality, because through his paintbrush appear all the fields he studied: from anatomy to the study of nature, from engineering to music. As an art historian, D’Orazio will illustrate all those details that, like pieces of a puzzle, contain hints needed to unveil his greatest piece of work: who was Leonardo da Vinci?

Costantino D’Orazio is an Art Historian and essayist. He was curator at MACRO - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma from 2014 to 2018 and today works for Rome’s Superintendency of Cultural Heritage and is a curator with the Museo Pietro Canonica in Villa Borghese.

He collaborates with LUISS University and LINK campus. He conducts a weekly program on Rainews 24 dedicated to Fragments of Art and has his own program about art on Radio3.

He is the author of a number of works dedicated to art including: The Mysteries of Caravaggio (Sperling&Kupfer, 2013), The Mysteries of Leonardo (Sperling&Kupfer, 2014), The Mysteries of Raffaello (Sperling&Kupfer, 2015), Andare per ville e palazzi (il Mulino, 2015) and L’Arte in sei emozioni (Laterza, 2018).

2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the teaching of Italian language and culture at The University of Western Australia.In 1929, Francesco Vanzetti, an idiosyncratic and popular Venetian, offered the first courses in Italian. This was the first appointment of a lecturer in Italian in any Australian university.

This lecture series, supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies and by Italian Studies in the UWA School of Humanities, celebrates aspects of Italian language and culture, past and present.

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