The search for the perfect machine, which would work with total efficiency and be self-sufficient ad infinitum, occupied natural philosophers and engineers from the Middle Ages onward. Leonardo has a central place in this story, but his studies on perpetual motion have not been thoroughly researched yet. This project, which includes an international conference and an exhibition, will offer an original contribution to the studies on Leonardo and, more generally, on the relationship between art and science in the Renaissance. The conference will focus on Leonardo’s studies on perpetual motion and on their relationship with the historical context in which they were developed. The exhibition will feature original drawings, paintings, and manuscripts as well as working models of the machines conceived by Renaissance engineers and scientists. Multimedia applications and digital videos will help visitors to fully understand Leonardo’s thought and the exhibition’s main topics.
Both the exhibition catalogue and the proceeding of the conference will be published.
Location Conference: London, Birckbeck College, 6 February 2019
Location Exhibition: Firenze, Museo Galileo, 10 October 2019 – 12 January 2020
Promoting Organisations:Museo Galileo – Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence
Birkbeck College-University of London
Scientific Directors anc Curator: Dott. Andrea Bernardoni, Museo Galileo, Florence
Dott.ssa Juliana Barone, Birkbeck College-University of London
Sponsor:Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca
Partner: Vasari Research Centre for Art & Technology at Birbeck
Leonardo da Vinci Society