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Art and Science – Three Illustrated Talks on an Undervalued Interaction
Session 1 – Mediaeval and Renaissance
Despite our tendency to slot them into different pigeon-holes of experience, art and science have enjoyed a potent dialogue for centuries, as ideas fuel imagery and vice versa.
While the mediaeval world might ally astronomy with astrology and chemistry with alchemy, such studies still required languages of expression. Illustrated calendars, herbals and scholarly treatises demonstrate the desire to record, measure and discuss the condition of the material world via objective observation. The Renaissance saw an extension of this as a new empiricism came to colour perceptions of natural phenomena. Recorded experiments in optics would affect the basis of representational art itself, while the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci show scientific curiosity, technical invention and artistic experimentation developing side by side within the same cultural context.
October 23, 30 and November 6 – all £4 and at 6pm
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