Journées d’étude : « Leonardo da Vinci’s Papers. Invention and Reconstruction », Londres, British Library/The Warburg Institute, 18-19 mai 2023

Showcasing the latest research on Leonardo’s notebooks and drawings. This is a two-day conference with each day held at the different partner institution:

  • 18 May, British Library, London (Knowledge Centre)
  • 19 May, The Warburg Institute, London (Senate House, Chancellor’s Hall).

The conference will be simultaneously live streamed on Zoom. Tickets may be booked either to attend in person (physical), or to watch online.  Viewing links will be sent out shortly before the event.

This two-day international academic conference aims to shed light on crucial aspects of Leonardo’s paper legacy in the wider context of both his notebooks and drawings.

His written and artistic works have been traditionally assessed separately but are intrinsically related and form the pillars of both his intellectual investigations and inventive processes.

‘Leonardo da Vinci’s Papers: Invention and Reconstruction’ newly explores interdisciplinary aspects concerning the various types and innovative uses of paper by one of the most complex and prolific polymaths of our times.

Questions related to the physical characteristics of Leonardo’s papers and ways to examine them will form a springboard for re-evaluations by leading scholars about dating, attribution, collections, reconstructions, reception and imaging, and also offer a unique opportunity to discuss how we might view his legacy today.

The conference follows the British Library’s landmark 2019 exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion and is organised by Juliana Barone of Birkbeck College and the Warburg Institute. It is a collaborative project between the British Library and the Warburg Institute, with support from Birkbeck College.


Full programme to be made available soon.

The programme comprises leading art historians, science historians, curators, conservators and scientists from key national and international institutions. Speakers include:

  • Martin Kemp (Oxford University)
  • Martin Clayton (Royal Collection Trust)
  • Carmen Bambach (Metropolitan Museum)
  • Margaret Holben Ellis (New York University)
  • Pietro Marani (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Cecilia Frosinini (Scientific Committee of the Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence)

The conference will be accompanied by a public event Daggers Drawn and Drawn Daggers. An hour with Leonardo and Michelangelo, presented by Martin Kemp (Oxford University) and Ruth Rosen (actress) at the British Library on the evening of 18 May.


Two-day tickets for the International Conference only. Ticket price includes refreshments and a wine reception on Friday 19 May. Lunch is not included. Combined ticket for the two-day conference and the public event.



Citer ce billet
Florence Larcher (2023, 5 mai). Journées d’étude : « Leonardo da Vinci’s Papers. Invention and Reconstruction », Londres, British Library/The Warburg Institute, 18-19 mai 2023. Collectif d'Historiens de l'Art de la Renaissance. Consulté le 14 juin 2024, à l’adresse

Florence Larcher

Florence Larcher est doctorante à l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Ses recherches sur les images de saint Roch en Italie de 1350 à 1680 l'amènent à étudier la peinture murale, la sérialité et l'itinérance des peintres.

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