Armillary sphere, Italian c 1500 © The Museum of the History of Science

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Leonardo and the Mathematical Arts - CLOSED

Instruments for astronomy, time-telling, surveying and drawing illustrate the mathematical culture of Italy in the 15th and 16th centuries. Leonardo would have been taken for a ‘mathematician’ as the term was understood at the time. The display shows what this meant in the period, and how Leonardo both worked within and moved beyond the accepted understanding of ‘the mathematical arts.’ The museum's outstanding collection of mathematical instruments from that period will help to illustrate the innovative achievements of the time.

The exhibition is part of a larger itinerary around Oxford, entitled Leonardo and Oxford: Discovering the World of Leonardo in Oxford’s collections. Other Oxford museums participating in the itinerary are Christ Church Picture Gallery, The Ashmolean Museum, Magdalen College and The University of Oxford Botanic Garden.

Exhibition dates

09 Aug 2006 - 05 Nov 2006

Contact details

Museum of the History of Science
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3AZ
Tel: (+44) 01865 277280
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Travel programme

London & Oxford weekend – 4 days
· View the major Universal Leonardo exhibits in the UK
· Enjoy privileged access to major exhibitions in the company of top scholars
· Appreciate the art historical riches of London and Oxford

For more information and bookings, please see The Traveller’s web site or contact:

The Traveller & Palanquin
92-93 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3PS
Tel: 020-7436 9343
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