Carleton University will host the lecture The Alchemy of Geniuses: Leonardo and Other Polymaths of the Italian Renaissance presented by Prof. Cristina Perissinotto.

In this talk, Perissinotto will explore why the Italian Renaissance period seemed to have so many artistic geniuses and polymaths, including Leonardo da Vinci.

This lecture is part of Cinquecento: Carleton Celebrates Leonardo da Vinci.

When: Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at 7 p.m.
Where: Room 5050, Minto Centre, Carleton
Info: This event is free and open to the public. A campus map is available online.

Media are invited to attend the event.

Through discussions of renowned polymaths of the period, Perissinotto will examine the preponderance of beauty in both Renaissance art and cities – as well as the many geniuses the time period produced.

About Cristina Perissinotto

Perissinotto is an Italian-Canadian scholar and poet. She an associate professor of Italian Studies and director of the Italian program at the University of Ottawa. She is president of the Canadian Association of Italian Studies. Her research interests are focused on the crossroads of literature, philosophy and politics

She has published three poetry collections: Tigers and the CEO; Exhale, Exhale; and Taprobana Tea. Perissinotto has co-published an edited book on ethics and theatre, La dimensione etica nel teatro italiano contemporaneo with Patrizia Piredda. She co-edited the work Cronache dal cielo stretto about writers of the Italian northeast, as well as Mediterranoesis about the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

About Cinquecento: Carleton Celebrates Leonardo da Vinci

Cinquecento: Carleton Celebrates Leonardo da Vinci is a year-long celebration that looks at da Vinci’s work with fresh eyes. In Italian, “Cinquecento” means 500 and, for this series of events, refers to the 500 years since his passing. During Cinquecento, Carleton’s faculties come together to explore da Vinci’s interdisciplinary innovations. Cinquecento is a comprehensive look at the life and work of one of history’s most fascinating people.

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