In 2019 the world commemorates the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci—the Renaissance man par excellence. The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) and the Italian Embassy in Berlin invite you to a one-day celebration on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in which world leading experts will present the different facets of Leonardo’s insatiable curiosity, spanning from technology to science and to art.
The MPIWG—itself celebrating the 25th anniversary since its foundation in 1994 as a center for the history of renaissance—will open its doors at 14:00. In the evening the Italian Embassy will host the second part of the celebration, followed by a dinner reception.
The event, one of the more than 150 events planned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, is part of the Italian calendar of celebrations, mainly centered in Firenze and Milano, where Leonardo spent the greatest part of his life. Moreover, it constitutes the launch of the exhibition “Leonardo’s Intellectual Cosmos—His Reconstructed Library” that the MPIWG is organizing in Berlin in 2020, together with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and the Museo Galileo in Florence.
The Leonardo da Vinci symposium will take place in English.
For registration please click HERE.
DAYTIME PROGRAM 14:00–17:45
MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE
14:00–14:10 Welcome – Jürgen Renn (Director, MPIWG)
14:10–14:40 Leonardo’s Library – Carlo Vecce (Professor of Italian Literature, University of Naples L‘Orientale)
14:40–15:10 Lost in the [Codex] Atlanticus? A Route to Firmer Ground – Paolo Galluzzi (Director, Museo Galileo, Florence and President, National Committee for the Leonardo Celebrations)
15:20–15:50 “Because They Seeing See Not; And Hearing They Hear Not.” Leonardo & Forster Black Spot – Antonio Becchi (Visiting Scholar, MPIWG)
15:50–16:15 COFFEE BREAK
16:15–16:20 Welcome Address – Representative of the Berlin Senate
16:35-16:40 Welcome Address – Hermann Parzinger (President of the Prussian Heritage Foundation)
16:40-16:45 Leonardo in the Library – Barbara Schneider-Kemp (Director of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin)
16:45-17:15 Der Sturm als Phänomen und Metapher bei Leondardo und Poussin – Alessandro Nova (Director, Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz)
17:15-17:45 Roundtable – with Experts on Loenardo da Vinci and foretaste of the exhibition on Leonardo’s Library
APPROX. 17:45 TRANSFER TO ITALIAN EMBASSY – Bus Transport Provided
EVENING PROGRAM 19:00–22:30
ITALIAN EMBASSY BERLIN
18:30 DOORS OPEN
19:00-19:15 Opening Words – H.E. Luigi Mattiolo (Italian Ambassador to Germany)
19:15-19:45 Leondardo and His Books: Science and Technology – Carlo Vecce (Professor of Italian Literature, University of Naples L’Orientale)
19:45-20:30 A Colloquium on Leonardo – Jürgen Renn in Dialogue with Paolo Galluzzi and Alessandro Nova
20:30 RECEPTION DINNER