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19 June 2019The Hands of Leonardo da Vinci
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The Hands of Leonardo da Vinci Mr Guy Rooker Wednesday 19 June 2019

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.