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Leonardo da Vinci drawingsLed by Prof. Dino Franco Felluga (felluga@purdue.edu), da Vinci and the Renaissance is a fully cross-disciplinary study-abroad program that explores the transition from the medieval period to the Renaissance across multiple subjects (art, architecture, engineering, science), thus laying out how much of what we take for granted today about technology or about the human subject were implemented in this rich period, especially in Italy.  The focus for the course will be that most famous “Renaissance man,” Leonardo da Vinci.  The course’s interdisciplinary approach asks students to think about the constructed nature of the things we take for granted as “natural” (e.g., time, space, human subjectivity, meaning, sight, knowledge, and law), thus opening our eyes to the significance of cultural differences.

We finish in the last days of the course by flash-forwarding to our present century so we can consider not only how Renaissance thinking made possible a number of present-day developments (robotics and computing, for example), but also the myriad ways that we are now seeing a cultural, ontological, and epistemological shift that is as far-reaching as the one between the medieval period and the Renaissance. The Peggy Guggenheim Museum and the Venice Biennale will provide us with our artistic examples of so-called “postmodernism.”

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Posted by Eric Liu on Monday, April 22, 2019 - 15:45

One of Leonardo da Vinci's Clock designs was created and put on display in Chiaravalle, Marches, Italy. It includes three dials, or 'clock faces:' one for minutes, one for hours, and one to keep track of lunar phases. Although clocks that keep track of seconds were not invented after pendulums were introduced to clockwork, after the life of da Vinci, he created arguably the most accurate clocks in his time.

Posted by Dino Franco Felluga on Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 22:39