British Council Lecture In partnership with the University of Warwick and Pustaka Negeri Sarawak
Leonardo da Vinci – A 15th century anatomist whose artistic and conceptual ideas anticipated 21st century radiology?
By Professor Peter Abrahams, Warwick Medical School
7.00 pm – 9.30 pm, Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest anatomists ever to have lived. He personally dissected more than thirty human corpses to explore every aspect of anatomy and physiology, and recorded his findings in drawings of unparalleled beauty and lucidity.
He was fascinated by the challenge of depicting a complex, layered, three-dimensional and mobile structure – the human body – in a static two-dimensional image, and devised many unique illustrative techniques to achieve his aims. Many of Leonardo’s drawings are strikingly similar to modern medical images, and the exhibition thus displayed his studies alongside CT and MRI scans and state-of-the-art computer animations to show how astute and accurate and original were Leonardo’s dissections and artistic representations, and how little the detailed knowledge of human anatomy has changed in 500 years.
Professor Abrahams, Professor of Clinical Anatomy, has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in his field, having held the post of Clinical Anatomist at University College London and later at Cambridge (where he is a Life Fellow of Girton College), before taking the new Chair of Clinical Anatomy at Warwick Medical School in 2006.
Time : 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm, Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Registration starts at 6.15 pm;
Pre-lecture reception starts at 7.00 pm
Venue: Gallery, Pustaka Negeri Sarawak
Jalan Pustaka, off Jalan Stadium
93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia