Carleton University will host bestselling author and historian Ross King as he presents the lecture Leonardo’s Monsters. While the famous Renaissance man is known for his beautiful masterpieces, King will explore Leonardo da Vinci’s interest in subjects that were misshapen and fantastic – such as monsters.

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

When: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at 7 p.m.
Where: Room 231, University Centre
Info: This event is free and open to the public. Registration is available online.

Media are invited to attend the event.

Da Vinci famously concerned himself with the rules of beauty, geometry and proportion. However, his writings and drawings show an interest in the ugly and the disproportionate, including grotesques, giants and monsters. This illustrated lecture will examine what this fascination tells us about da Vinci’s theories of reason, imagination and the role of the artist.

About Ross King

King is the bestselling author of books on Italian, French and Canadian art and history. Among his works are Brunelleschi’s Dome (2000), Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling (2002), as well as the Governor General’s Award-winning books The Judgment of Paris (2006) and Leonardo and The Last Supper (2012). He has published two novels, a biography of Niccolò Machiavelli and a collection of da Vinci’s fables, jokes and riddles. He is the co-author with Anja Grebe of Florence: The Paintings and Frescoes, 1250-1743 (2015), the most comprehensive book ever undertaken on the art of Florence. King’s Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies (2016) was the winner of the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize.

He has lectured in many American museums, including the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Frick Collection and the National Gallery.

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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