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The Last Days of Leonardo da Vinci : Looking Again at Amboise

Talk given by Ross King, author of Brunelleschi's Dome.

Was Leonardo da Vinci ill and unproductive during the final three years of his life? Or was he at work, almost till the end, on what would have been his greatest achievement?

Leonardo spent the last two and a half years of his life living in Amboise, adorning the court of the brilliant young French monarch, Francis I. Conventional wisdom has it that Leonardo was ill and unproductive during these years, at the end of his creative tether and leading the life of a disappointed recluse. This lecture, based on recent research and discoveries, will overturn that myth by showing that Leonardo was active and inventive until almost the very end, hard at work on what, had he lived, may have been his greatest achievement.


This talk is free for CSF & British Institute Members, CSF patrons.

€10 for non-members.


Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Time: 18.30

Location: Palazzo San Niccolò, Via San Niccolò 79

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