Shirley Smith

Renaissance Art Historian

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The Garden House, Bruisyard,

Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2ED

Leonardo's Women


Leonardo’s images of women, whether Madonnas, mistresses or wealthy members of society are amongst the most renowned works of art of the Italian Renaissance.  


Leonardo Da Vinci Madonna with a Flower c.1478

Image source: Web Gallery of Art

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This lecture, designed to celebrate the 500th anniversary of his death, will study his revolutionary rendering of the female figure and how he harnessed the interplay of light and shadow to produce images that combine the spiritual with the sensual, the mystical with the mysterious.

Leonardo Da Vinci Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani (Lady with an Ermine) 1483-90

Image source: Web Gallery of Art