Ulster Museum

Da Vinci In-Depth

Brunch-time talks from fascinating speakers. Gain an in-depth understanding of Leonardo da Vinci and his impact on the worlds of science, history and art. Suitable for ages 12+

- , Sat 06 Apr 2019

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Quick-fire brunch-time talks from fascinating speakers, showcasing da Vinci’s impact across science, history and art.

Between 12pm and 3pm, three experts will talk about the themes from the Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing exhibition. 


Dr Ian Walsh, a clinical teaching fellow at Queens School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, is a surgeon and expert in anatomy, neurology and urology. He will take a close look at the anatomical drawings in the exhibition and discuss their accuracy and impact on modern medicine.


Dr Ralph Forbes, formerly of Queen's University Belfast, served for many years on the Northern Ireland Tree Committee, the Forest Service Arboretum Committee and the National Trust Garden Committee. He will explore Leonardo’s drawing of A branched bur-reed and consider whether he was a pioneer of botanical illustration.


Dr Catherine Porter is a Research Fellow at Queens School of Natural and Built Environment. She is a historical geographer focusing on the history of cartography, ‘place’, and early maps. She will look at the map of the Arno River in the exhibition and discuss how Leonardo’s map making sits in the history of cartography.

This event is suitable for ages 12+ and under 16s must be accompanied by parent or guardian.