Leonardo Studies establishes a forward-thinking approach to a traditional topic. The series seeks to engage with theoretical issues using a variety of methodological approaches. It also includes innovative viewpoints on the more typical problems of translation, influences, critical editions, and cultural transmission. The aim of the series is to offer diverse contributions on Leonardo da Vinci in subjects such as engineering, architecture, anatomy, and astronomy, but also painting, drawing, and sculpture, focusing on only the most recent discoveries by scholars.
Given the expansive nature of Leonardo’s undertakings, volumes draw from collaborations by scholars in the disciplines of literature, history, art history, biology, geology, intellectual history, history of the book, architecture, and others fields. We support the methodologies employed by these diverse fields and encourage scholars participating in the seminars to actively explore new ways of looking at Leonardo.
Constance Moffatt teaches art and architectural history at Los Angeles Pierce College. She has published on Milanese history and Sforza history and art history. Her interests include the creation of propaganda imagery for patrons, the history of architecture, and women of the Sforza court. Previously she worked at the Getty Research Institute and in the field of numismatic fine arts. She studied history and art history at UCLA, and medieval history at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Florence.
Sara Taglialagamba, Ph.D. (Scuola di Alti Studi, Siena, 2010) is a researcher affiliated with the Ècole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne) and Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento (Florence). She specializes in Leonardo da Vinci’s work on automations, clockworks, engineering devices and robotics, focusing on the central role of fountains and hydraulic devices. Her main publications include Beauty according to Leonardo (with Carlo Pedretti) and a series of handbooks on Leonardo and Nature, Painting, Architecture, Anatomy, and Engineering.