The secret world of Leonardo da Vinci, with Jonathan Jones

He was a polymath, known for his activities as a scientist, an inventor, a botanist, an astronomer, an engineer and, of course, as an artist – to name but a few. But while his sketches, sculptures and paintings have influenced the last five hundred years of artistry and intellectual thinking, how much do we really know about Leonardo da Vinci?
In this fascinating new masterclass with the Guardian’s art critic Jonathan Jones , and drawing on Jonathan’s startling research for his forthcoming book Earthly Delights, you will begin to unlock the true extent of da Vinci’s genius, which is perfectly preserved in his countless notebooks.
As well as being introduced to da Vinci’s notebooks and what they tell us about the man behind them, you will discover the radical scientific ideas that demonstrate his atheist foretelling of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, the inventions that reveal how he envisioned the technological advancements that we see today, and even the evidence that points towards his sexual identity.
You will come away feeling closer to the man behind some of the world’s most famous and influential art, as well as a greater understanding of how to read and explore his notebooks yourself.
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Jonathan Jones writes on art for the Guardian and was on the jury for the 2009 Turner prize. He is the author of several books on art including The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance, The Loves of the Artists, Tracey Emin and a biography of the Baroque female painter Artemisia Gentileschi. He was Series Consultant on the BBC’s Civilisations. Read his Guardian articles here.
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A catch up recording will be shared after the class and will be available for two weeks.
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