Leonardo da Vinci as a Musician with Kate Bolton-Porciatti - Context Travel

Leonardo da Vinci as a Musician with Kate Bolton-Porciatti


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Da Vinci's creative persona was profoundly influenced by music, an art he described as 'the shaping of invisible things'. In this seminar, cultural historian and musicologist Kate Bolton-Porciatti illuminates his prodigious yet often overlooked musical skills, with reference to his 'divine' singing and improvisations on the lira da braccio (the spiritual descendant of the Ancient Greek lyre). We'll explore and listen to the fabulous and fantastic - musical instruments he sculpted and invented (some of which have been reconstructed and are playable today), as well as his work on multi-media dramatic spectacles.

We'll reveal the possible identity of his enigmatic 'Portrait of a Musician' and decipher his musical puzzles and coded messages. In conclusion, we'll reflect on his ideas about the shared harmonies of music and painting. A range of illustrations, images, and source readings set Da Vinci in the broader cultural context of the Italian Renaissance.

Led by an expert on Italian Renaissance music and culture, Kate Bolton-Porciatti, this interactive seminar will shed light on Da Vinci as a musician and painter of harmonies. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation of the scope of Da Vinci's genius, and the role music played in his creative development.

Kate Bolton-Porciatti is a professor of Italian cultural history and music at the Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence, where she teaches BA and MA courses in the humanities. She also lectures at the British Institute, Florence, and at the Chigiana Music Academy in Siena. Kate has published extensively as an academic and a journalist; she is a music critic for BBC Music and a travel writer for The Daily Telegraph, UK. Before moving to Italy permanently in 2005, she was a senior producer and broadcaster for BBC Arts & Classical Music in London and has won prestigious Jerusalem and Sony Awards for her programs. She did her M.Phil. thesis in Italy, exploring the musical culture of early Renaissance Florence.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Amazing session

Wonderfully researched. Extremely interesting. Lots of examples in pictures and media. Presenter is organized, informed and an excellent presenter.

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Exceptional magical exploration of da Vinci’s musical wonders

Do not miss Kate’s masterfully entertaining and insightfully informative presentation encompassing all facets of da Vinci’s music genius - truly exceptional.

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Very interesting

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Context seminars provide excellent content presented by wonderful guides.

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Amazing session

Wonderfully researched. Extremely interesting. Lots of examples in pictures and media. Presenter is organized, informed and an excellent presenter.

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N.V.
Exceptional magical exploration of da Vinci’s musical wonders

Do not miss Kate’s masterfully entertaining and insightfully informative presentation encompassing all facets of da Vinci’s music genius - truly exceptional.

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S.

Very interesting

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Context seminars provide excellent content presented by wonderful guides.