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Leonardo drawingsDa 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 and more), 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.  Our focus 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 will also consider the many 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 3 credits will be split between 8 weeks of instruction at Purdue (1 credit) and our study-abroad program to Venice and Florence (2 credits). In Italy, we will see a number of things that we will have discussed before getting on a plane together. We will also think about the nature of confronting a different culture and of being a tourist in a foreign land.

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Posted by Arija Simonaitis on Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 20:41

San Salvi is a monastery in Florence in which The Baptism of Christ was originally kept. It is a 16th century Vallombrosian monastery. Vallombrosians are a religious order of the Catholic church, such as the Benedictines, but the Vallombrosians are centered in Vallombrosa, which is considered a summer resort in Florence, Italy.

San Salvi is currently most well-known for its painting The Last Supper. This, however, is not Leonardo's painting, but instead painted by Andrea del Sarto. Although it is not the most famous portrait of the last supper, it is still notable. It currently sits as a large mural on the wall at the end of the Great Refectory (a refectory is a room used for eating meals in a religious building, such as a monastery).

Currently, San Salvi is a museum that is free to the public. Although it is not a very famous tourist attraction, it still attracts visitors, particularly those...

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Florence, Italy was the location of Andrea del Verrocchio's workshop until the later years of his life when he moved to Venice.  This is where he and a young Leonardo da Vinci worked on creating the palla and cross that topped the lantern on the Florence Duomo.  That project in particular lasted from 1468 to 1471, and 1472 is suspected to be the time that da Vinci's apprenticeship with Verrocchio ended and he began to take on projects of his own.  During this time, it seems he still stayed with Verrocchio as a collaborator until 1476, while simultaneously starting his professional painting career.  From Verrocchio, da Vinci learned about design, drawing and relief, which he carried over into his artwork.

Works Cited:

Bambach, Carmen. Leonardo Da Vinci Master Draftsman: Catalogue to an Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2003. Yale University Press, 2003.

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Posted by Blake Hakimian on Friday, January 31, 2020 - 16:38

During Da Vinci's career as a military engineer in Milan, Da Vinci designed a easy to build footbridge to be used by the Milanese army. This was just one of many designs that Leonardo created during his time as a military engineer under Duke Sforza.

“Leonardo Da Vinci: Self-Supporting-Bridge.” Leonardo3, Leonardo Museum, www.leonardo3.net/en/l3-works/machines/1355-self-supporting-bridge.html.

Sniderman, Debbie. “Leonardo Da Vinci.” ASME, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 10 Apr. 2012, www.asme.org/topics-resources/content/leonardo-da-vinci.

Noe, Rain. “Leonardo Da Vinci's Ingenious Design for a Self-Supporting Bridge.” Core77, 6 Apr. 2017,...

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