Socratic Club Lecture: Leonardo and The Virgin of the Rocks


Queen's College London


31st January 2019

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Socratic Club Lecture: Leonardo and The Virgin of the Rocks
Thursday 31 January 2019, 18.15 to 19.15
Queen’s College London, Somerville Hall

This year’s lecture will focus on two paintings of ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’, both by Leonardo da Vinci one of the greatest artists and thinkers in the history of western art. The talk will explore how Neo-Platonic thought, the secret realm of human dissection and the theology of the Immaculate Conception have informed the creation of these two masterpieces. Anybody interested in Art, Philosophy, Theology and the history of medicine is sure to benefit from what promises to be a very engaging lecture.

The speaker is Katy Blatt. She is an art historian and teacher who trained at Cambridge University and then the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at Tate Britain and the Soane Museum, London, and at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh School of Art in Glasgow. She currently teaches History of Art at Queen’s College, London. It will be possible to buy a copy of her book at the end of the lecture.

Contact Dorothee Gumpert to book