Events | Leonardo – The Legend

  • Location: Babington House, Somerset, BA11 3RW
  • Date: 03.06.19 | 7:30pm
  • Soho House Members only: Members please book as per below; non-members please contact Nick Nelson
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May 2nd 2019 marks the quincentenary of the death of the consummate Renaissance man, Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452-1519). Whilst this provides great scope to reflect on the prolific career of one of the most prodigious and multifarious talents of all time, it also heralds the unveiling of The Leonardo Project, 2014 to 2019. Scientist, inventor, engineer, architect, mathematician, artist and musician, Leonardo was the epitome of the Renaissance polymath. As per the legend, Leonardo devised pioneering prototypes for flying machines using the wing-structure of birds, at a time when he also developed designs for caterpillar tracks for tanks and paradigms for the parachute and helicopter. As a giant of the High Renaissance, Leonardo, in fact, only completed approximately twenty paintings. Furthermore, few of his designs were published in his lifetime and many remain inchoate, leaving a legacy far from untouched: most recently American aeronautic engineers replicated Leonardo’s blueprint for the parachute, thankfully enjoying a pleasant flight! Synonymous with dissection and visionary scientific invention himself, perhaps the most fascinating development has been the attempt to posthumously extrapolate DNA from Leonardo’s remains in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert at the Château d’Amboise in the Loire Valley, France, in order to develop his genetic profile. The intention being, to make his clone. Dolly the Sheep was one thing, but a living Leonardo would surely be quite another! Come along and provide your perspective on the most celebrated genius beyond Albert Einstein, and assess how more contemporary genii such as Steve Jobs and James Dyson stack-up against the percipient polymath of the cinquecento.