Course Description

There are few historical figures that are more celebrated than Leonardo da Vinci, despite the fact that we know very little about him. He was a scientist before there was science, an inventor whose ideas were ahead of his time, and an artist who painted some of the most famous paintings in the world. Gain insight into the life of this great Renaissance master as well as an understanding of his world through the historical and social context. Discuss his childhood, career and work. Explore Leonardo's interests and accomplishments in the fields of engineering, painting, architecture and anatomy. Examine many of his famous masterpieces including the Mona Lisa, Virgin of the Rocks, Lady with an Ermine, the Last Supper, and his notebooks and inventions.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Describe Leonardo da Vinci's biography
  • Identify Leonardo's major works and describe the impact it had on art history
  • Explain Leonardo da Vinci's art in terms of its historical, religious, and iconographic context
  • Apply artistic vocabulary to explore art objects and elements of style
Marina Fischer

Marina Fischer, MA, studied history of art, classics and ancient history at the University of Calgary. Her research and interests focus on art, architecture, ancient world, numismatics, early Christianity, and gender studies.

Marina works as Collection Specialist at Nickle Galleries, Library and Cultural Resources, at the University of Calgary Library and shares her passion for teaching through her Continuing Education courses.


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