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Thinkers for our Time: Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was an artist, draughtsman, sculptor, engineer, inventor and visionary. He embodies the arts, humanities and sciences as conjoined arenas of exploratory thinking, and is considered to have been far ahead of his time across these fields. From Vitruvian Man and the Mona Lisa, to flying machines and submarines, his work has sparked passion, debate and intrigue. 500 years on from his death, our panel explores his mind and legacy.

Thinkers for our time is a series re-thinking the life and work of influential figures from across the Academy's disciplines, particularly history and the arts. Previous figures have included Sigmund Freud, Mary Wollstonecraft, Sylvia Pankhurst and Charlie Chaplin.

Dr Caroline Campbell, The Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department, The National Gallery
Dr Maya Corry, Lecturer in Early Modern History, University of Oxford
Professor Martin Kemp FBA, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, University of Oxford
Dr Per Rumberg, Curator, Royal Academy of Arts

Organised in partnership with the National Gallery. 

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Image: Leonardo da Vinci. Detail from ‘The Virgin with the Infant Saint John the Baptist adoring the Christ Child accompanied by an Angel' (‘The Virgin of the Rocks’). © The National Gallery, London.  

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