June 2019

The Hands of Leonardo da Vinci

Welcome to The Arts Society Basingstoke
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 10:30
Sherfield-on-Loddon Village Hall
Reading Road Sherfield-on-Loddon RG27 0EZ

The hand can be as expressive as the face.

The hand has been an underestimated but nevertheless central component of visual art. Leonardo stated that the hand could be as expressive as the face and acknowledged that the structure and function of the hand was the organ through which an artist expresses himself. His remarkably accurate drawings of the six layers of the anatomy of the hand are a testament to his pursuit of detail. He used this knowledge in the narrative of the Last Supper. In Leonardo’s version of the 'Vitruvian Man', the hand is used as the unit of measurement to demonstrate the concept of divine proportion.  This talk reviews the way in which Leonardo investigated the form and function of the hand. His paintings and narrative art are reviewed to demonstrate how he used this knowledge to depict the hand as a form of expression.


Mr Guy Rooker

I come to The Arts Society not with a background in the arts but from the world of science in general, and surgery in particular. I describe myself 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.