Dartmouth Events

An Evening with Ken Burns: Leonardo da Vinci

Our favorite cinema historian presents part one of the new film about his first non-American subject, the ultimate Renaissance man.

Saturday, July 6, 2024
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Films
Registration required. Fee required. Tickets required.

Our favorite cinema historian presents part one of the new film about his first non-American subject, the ultimate Renaissance man.

An exploration of the life and work of the 15th-century polymath Leonardo da Vinci, Ken Burns' latest is also his first non-American subject. Set against the rich and dynamic backdrop of Renaissance Italy, at a time of skepticism and freethinking, regional war and religious upheaval, Leonardo brings the artist's towering achievements to life through his prolific personal notebooks, primary and secondary accounts of his life, and on-camera interviews with modern scholars, artists, engineers, inventors and admirers. As the filmmaker and Leonardo fan Guillermo del Toro says at the beginning of the film, "the modernity of Leonardo is that he understands that knowledge and imagination are intimately related."  

Co-directed and produced with Sarah Burns and David McMahon, Leonardo also marks a significant change in the team's filmmaking style, which includes using split screens with images, video and sound from different periods to further contextualize Leonardo's art and scientific explorations. The film looks at how the artist influenced and inspired future generations, and it finds in his soaring imagination and profound intellect the foundation for a conversation we are still having today: what is our relationship with nature and what does it mean to be human?

With filmmakers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon in person.

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For more information, contact:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
603 646 2422

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