Lectures are held at the Methodist Church in Kingsbridge and on Zoom at 2:30pm normally on the last Wednesday of each month. They last for 1 - 1½ hours including a question and answer session at the end.
Leonardo da Vinci at the Court of Milan
Shirley Smith      Wed 26th October 2011
  Art Historian Shirley Smith gave a topical lecture on Leonardo da Vinci in the Court of Milan to coincide with the recently opened exhibition at the National Gallery in London.
The exhibition, from November 9th to February 5th, gives a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see works by Leonardo which are unlikely to be brought together again due to the huge cost of transport and insurance.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) spent many years in Florence, the centre of artistic innovation, before deciding to offer his services to the Sforza family in Milan, which had become the richest city in Italy by the end of the 15th century. He put himself forward as a military engineer, architect and sculptor with painting offered as almost an afterthought!
Emperor Maximillian I had made Sforza Duke of Milan and his Court became a powerful force of influence and wealth.

Shirley’s digital presentation showed the audience a wide selection of Leonardo’s work with many drawings depicting inventions which lie at the root of much modern equipment. The anatomical drawings, based on actual dissection of dead bodies, gave understanding of the movement and geometric perfection of the human form in his paintings. He also developed a technique called “sfumato” which used oils to show “motions of the mind” in the eyes of his subjects and experimented with light and shade to great effect in the perspective of disappearance, considered revolutionary at the time. A number of people in the audience left feeling inspired to seize the unique opportunity to go and see for themselves the work of this polymath genius while they could.

The next lecture will be given by Robert Gowland on Kings and Queens of Clubs: The History of the Royal and Ancient Game of Golf. It is on Wednesday 23rd November at 7.30pm or 10.30am on Thursday 24th at the Kings Arms. The Thursday lecture is preceded by the KEDFAS AGM at 10am, with coffee being served from 9.30am. Refreshments are available before and after all talks, with the opportunity to meet the lecturer in person afterwards.