Socratic Club Lecture: Leonardo and The Virgin of the Rocks

Date of past event:

31st January 2019

Report:

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 focused 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. Those interested in Art, Philosophy, Theology and the history of medicine benefited from this very engaging lecture.

The speaker was 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 was possible to buy a copy of her book at the end of the lecture.