Summer Short Course: The Turbulent Mind of Leonardo da Vinci
Forum Lecture Theatre, Level 1
Arts West - North Wing
148 Royal Parade
It has been 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance polymath who looms large as one of the great creative intellects of all time. With talents spanning painting, architecture, mathematics, engineering, anatomy and astronomy, to name only a few, the stunning breadth of Leonardo’s achievements makes him the quintessential ‘Renaissance man’. This new Faculty of Arts Short Course aims to demystify Leonardo’s legacy – both material and intellectual – through an immersive exploration of his works and ideas over four evenings.
Reflecting Leonardo’s polymathy, this course will draw on academic expertise from the fields of Art History, Engineering, History, and Italian Studies, to offer insight into his turbulent mind. We will discuss Leonardo’s greatest artworks, and explore his notebooks, sketches, and letters, to gain an understanding of the creative and technical processes at work behind his practices, and the common threads that connect his ideas. Attendees will also enjoy live demonstrations of fluid flow and turbulence, phenomena that Leonardo documented long before they were fully understood by science, and which influenced his art.
Cost: $300 General / $250 University of Melbourne Staff, Students and Alumni Prices cover refreshments and are GST inclusive.
This course has been developed as part of the Turbulence Project, an interdisciplinary research project developed by a team of researchers from across the fields of Humanities and Engineering at the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia.
Associate Professor Andrea Rizzi, Cassamarca Associate Professor of Italian
Associate Professor Andrea Rizzi
Cassamarca Associate Professor of Italian
University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Andrea Rizzi is a Cassamarca Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Melbourne. A former Australian Research Council Future Fellow (20142018), Harvard I Tatti Center Fellow (20102011), and Associate Investigator for the Australian Centre of Excellence for the Study of the History of Emotions (20152018), he has published on vernacular translators in early Renaissance Italy, courtly culture in Ferrara and Mantua, and the history of trust and communication.
Dr Elizabeth Reid, Honorary Research Fellow
Dr Elizabeth Reid
Honorary Research Fellow
University of Western Australia
Dr Elizabeth Reid is an honorary research fellow at the University of Western Australia, and a research assistant at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Curtin University. In 2018 she examined the role of gender in ceremonial entries for the ARC project ‘The Italian Wars 14941559’ for which she has an article forthcoming with Sixteenth Century Journal. She has taught history and social science at the universities of Western Australia, Western Sydney, and Macquarie.
Professor Ivan Marusic, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor Ivan Marusic
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Melbourne
Professor Ivan Marusic is an ARC Laureate Fellow and a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He is also Deputy Dean, Research in the Melbourne School of Engineering. His research is primarily in experimental and theoretical studies of turbulence, and he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and the Journal of Hydraulic Research.
Dr Lisa Mansfield, Head of Art History
Dr Lisa Mansfield
Head of Art History
University of Adelaide
Dr Lisa Mansfield is head of Art History in the University of Adelaide’s School of Humanities and a Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project ‘The Italian Wars, 14941559.’ Specialising in the art and material culture of Northern Europe (14001600), her primary areas of research include Renaissance portraiture and images of warfare and representations of gender and violence in early modern Europe. Lisa is an alumna of the University of Melbourne, having completed her PhD with the Faculty of Arts in 2005
Professor Joy Damousi, Professor of History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
Professor Joy Damousi
Professor of History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
University of Melbourne
Professor Joy Damousi is an ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow and Professor of History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts. She is the current President of both the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Australian Historical Association. Joy is author of numerous books on the histories of war and violence in Australia and the world, and coeditor of the fourvolume Cambridge World History of Violence.