12-13 Feb. Imaging the world of nature.
How has the illustration of nature changed over time? The Natural History Museum will offer some surprising answers to celebrate Darwin Day 2019, and will start as far back as Leonardo while the city where he worked prepares to celebrate the 500th anniversary of his death.
The event offers drawings, illustrations, photos, films and digital reconstructions to show how the use of images has become an integral part of scientific discovery. And how ever more sophisticated new technology for imaging has given a boost to scientific research.
The event will show how Leonardo and others have changed our way of understanding the natural world, from Humboldt to Goethe, from Darwin himself to Haeckel.
Experts from leading Italian and international institutions will be on hand to explain the most important waypoints in the development of our understanding of nature, and how illustrative technology helps us investigate aspects of the natural world which seemed to be inaccessible to our five senses.
On Tuesday evening 12 February at 21.00 there will be a special event celebrating Italy’s leading population geneticist, the late Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza, with talks by his son Francesco, himself a leading geneticist, and Telmo Pievani from the University of Padova.
The event is open free to all as long as places are available at the museum in Milan’s Corso Venezia 55. The programme of the various talks and exhibits is on the museum website.