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“Leonardo da Vinci and his Unfinished Work,” presented by Carmen C. Bambach

Leonardo da Vinci artwork

Inaugural Lecture: Leonardo da Vinci and his Unfinished Work,” presented by Carmen C. Bambach

The most famous genius of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci was notorious for leaving projects unfinished, especially paintings. This reputation has persisted into our time. The talk will explore Leonardo’s non finito (the “unfinished”) within the larger context of his thought and work.

Carmen C. Bambach, PhD, is curator of drawings and prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is the curator of blockbuster exhibitions on Leonardo and Michelangelo. Her four-volume book, Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered, was published this summer by Yale University Press.

Co-presented by Italian Cultural Center in Minneapolis St. Paul, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Prints & Drawings Affinity Group, and the University of Minnesota's Department of Art History, and Program in the History of Medicine.

This event is free for UMN faculty and students. RSVP via email to: or call 612-870-3113. When the auditorium is filled, people will be encouraged to go to overflow in Wells Fargo which is free as well.

This event is part of LEONARDO 500 a series of events presented by The Italian Cultural Center in Minneapolis/St. Paul celebrating the genius of Leonardo da Vinci on the 500th anniversary of his death. In collaboration with The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, University of Minnesota' s Department of Art History, Institute for Astrophysics, Program in History of Medicine and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine and curated by Dr. Francesca Bortoletti, University of Minnesota.


Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm