History of Art


A conversation on flow and force in Leonardo da Vinci

04 June 2019, 3:00 pm–3:45 pm

Da Vinci drawing

Join Alison Wright (UCL History of Art) in conversation with Dr Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings for the Royal Collection Trust, Windsor Castle, on the eve of the British Library exhibition 'Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion'.

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British Library Piazza Pavilion
96 Euston Road

On this 500th anniversary of the artist's death, they consider how and why effects of flow, force and turbulence, which Leonardo studied in pioneering analyses of fluid dynamics, are present in his art. What do his unprecedented descriptions of fleeting phenomena and imagining of natural disaster enable us to see?

Martin Clayton is an expert on Leonardo da Vinci and organiser of Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, the 12 nationwide exhibitions of his drawings from the Royal Collection which opened in February 2019.

Alison Wright is Professor of Italian Art c. 1300-1550 with a special interest in fifteenth-century Florentine art and design.

Image: © Leonardo da Vinci. 'A Deluge'. Drawing. Windsor, Royal Library, 12380

Part of UCL Festival of Culture

About the Speakers

Alison Wright

Professor in Italian Art c. 1300-1550 at UCL History of Art

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Martin Clayton

Head of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust, Windsor Castle