Carleton University will host a reading on Vitruvian Man, arguably the most famous diagram in the world. The presentation is part of Cinquecento: Carleton Celebrates Leonardo da Vinci.

The diagram interfaces geometry and anatomy, humanity and nature, architecture and cosmos, microcosm and macrocosm. It transcends the ancient architect Vitruvius’ text and intersects with ideas prevalent among Leonardo’s contemporaries, at the threshold of modernity. Interweaving many strands of history and encapsulating the diverse interests of Leonardo, his Vitruvian Man was Renaissance’s archetypal selfie.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Where: 1301 Health Sciences Building, Carleton University.
Info: This event is free and open to the public.

Media are invited to attend the event.

About H. Masud Taj

Taj, award-winning professor at Carleton’s Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, lectures on Muslim civilization at the Centre of Initiatives in Education. He previously taught Art History for two years at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) working with the Renaissance collection of the National Gallery of Canada, leading to his nomination as TV Ontario’s Best Lecturer. He delivered the Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) Research Series talk Leonardo Da Vinci: From Baghdad to Bayezid. His book Embassy of Liminal Spaces interfacing architecture, poetry and calligraphy, was permanently installed in Canadian Chancery, Bangalore, India and inducted into Canada’s Library of Parliament. Last year he went on a two-month, round-the-world lecture tour, leaving via the Atlantic and returning via the Pacific, visiting 16 cities and holding 13 events pertaining to architecture and poetry, including an exhibition of his calligraphy in Sydney, Australia.

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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