Event—Adult Education

Leonardo da Vinci


In this class, you’ll dive into the life of Leonardo da Vinci and explore opportunities for further research.

Vitruvian Man, ca. 1492, Leonardo da Vinci. Source: Leonardo da Vinci, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Class Description

This class will provide an accessible and interactive overview of the life and works of the great Italian Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci. We will read the bestselling book, Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson; the instructor will comment on it and enrich it with up-to-date scholarly material.

You'll find stimuli for further study and research in the collections of the Newberry Library. Each class will combine lecture and discussion with short instructor-guided participant presentations.

Daniele Macuglia is a historian of science. He received his PhD in Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science from the University of Chicago in 2017. He is currently assistant professor in the Department of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at Peking University.

Materials List


First Reading

  • Please read chapters 1-3 for the first class.

Cost and Registration

Six sessions, $247 ($220.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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