Walter Isaacson: Leonardo da Vinci

Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/29/17
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location
Art Institute of Chicago

Hosted by
Chicago Humanities Festival


Walter Isaacson: Leonardo da Vinci

Chicago Humanities Festival

Sunday, October 29 | 2 – 3 PM

Standing at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, Leonardo da Vinci might have been history’s most creative genius. Best-selling biographer Walter Isaacson comes to CHF to discuss his magisterial new biography, which shows a wide-ranging da Vinci—he painted the “Mona Lisa” and explored the math of optics—at ease with being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, easily distracted, and, at times, heretical. Isaacson shows how da Vinci’s creativity was based on skills we can improve in ourselves: passionate curiosity, a willingness to question, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

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