Leonardo da Vinci: The Man and the Genius | Newberry

Leonardo da Vinci: The Man and the Genius

Led by Daniele Macuglia. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Wednesdays, February 14 - March 21

2 - 4 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Online registration is closed, but you can still register by phone. Please call (312) 255-3700 to do so.

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

This course will provide a focus on the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci. We will learn about Leonardo as an artist and engineer; we will delve into his anatomical research and his studies of the flight of birds; and we will analyze his significant inventions like weapons and flying machines. Exploring the idea of the Renaissance Man, we will familiarize ourselves with a variety of his codices, putting them squarely in the context of the Italian Renaissance. Six sessions.

Daniele Macuglia is a physicist and a historian of science. He works at the University of Chicago and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches courses on Science and Society in the Italian Renaissance.

Materials List


  • Martin Kemp, Leonardo. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN#: 978-0199583355
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks. Selected by Irma A. Richter, edited by Thereza Wells. Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN#: 978-0199299027

First Reading:

For the first class, please read:

  • Kemp, Leonardo, pp. 10-46
  • Leonardo, Notebooks, “Reflections on Life”, pp. 257-268.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.