Lectures are held in St. George’s Hall Blockley and start at 2.45 pm, refreshments are available after lectures

Leonardo da Vinci sketch

MONDAY 20 MAY 2019

Guy Rooker

Leonardo da Vinci: the science behind the art

Leonardo da Vinci, painter and draughtsman of the High Renaissance was an artist whose works were informed by scientific investigation. Leonardo observed the world closely, describing nature as his teacher, studying anatomy and physiology in order to create convincing images of the human form. He believed the moral and ethical meanings of his narrative art would emerge through the accurate representation of human gesture and expression. Science and art are different paths that lead to the same destination. This talk reviews Leonardo’s approach to linear perspective, human proportion, emotion, light and shade together with the fashion in which his scientific studies influenced his art.

Guy comes to The Arts Society not with a background in the arts but from the world of science in general, and surgery in particular. He describes himself as a retired surgeon with a lifelong passion, fascination, and admiration for the work of Leonardo da Vinci. ‘I consider that the contribution he has made to both the world of art and the investigation of scientific concepts to be quite unique and extraordinary in the way that so many of his pioneering investigations have contributed to the understanding of our world today.’ Leonardo died in May 1519 and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of his drawings from the Royal Collections Trust, during 2019.

Chair and footstool


Tim Gosling

The DNA of furniture design

Tim writes that he has often tried to identify the inherent visual aspects
of furniture design – its DNA, if you will. If we can understand the basics of historical design as applied to furniture, we will be in a better position to break the rules, allowing us to continue moving design forward. Tim will highlight some of the iconic interiors and pieces of furniture that, for him, captures the very essence of the time in which they were designed.

Tim graduated in Theatre Design from Central School of Art and Design, before going on to create set and stage designs for major productions in the West End and Las Vegas. Following this, he became a director at Linley for 18 years, before setting up his own furniture design company in 2005. Tim has a comprehensive knowledge of classical furniture's historical context, which enables him to create designs with both relevance and contemporary style.