In the wake of the white-supremacist terrorism of August 11-13, we wish to highlight and paraphrase some of the comments of Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts and Sciences:
Be assured that the Art Department remains a space where all can pursue the dialogue that counters the lies of racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and nativism.
We are prepared to stand up for and support those who have been singled out as targets for hatred. The courage of free thought opposing cowardice and bigotry endures and persists here despite violence.


Leonardo da Vinci and his Treatise on Painting
A Digital Archive
Author, April 2012
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Dedicated to the legacy of Leonardo da Vinci's art theory, this publication focuses on Leonardo's Treatise on Painting, the only text by the artist that circulated widely for over four centuries. Gathering over forty manuscript copies and many printed editions of this text, this digital publication provides innovative research tools for visual and textual analysis.

Current expansion

Thanks to a second grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, this digital publication is currently expanding its coverage of materials to new manuscripts and printed editions of Leonardo's Treatise on Painting as well as to additional supporting materials to facilitate the use of its research tools by scholars and students.

In the news

Samuel H. Kress Foundation UVA Today, April 29, 2013

U.Va. Digital Project, Conference UVA Today, April 1, 2012

The Da Vinci Mode Arts and Sciences Magazine, UVA, vol. 28, no. 1 (2010), pp. 12-15

Leonardo da Vinci and His Treatise on Painting: A Digital Archive Leonardo da Vinci Society Newsletter 26 (2006), p. 3

Past Projects

NEH Summer Institute
Leonardo da Vinci: Between Art and Science
Florence, Italy June–July 2012
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The Institute focused on the works of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), this versatile, canonical artist of western art who moved with equal ease among artistic, literary, intellectual, and scientific circles. The Institute was hosted at the (KHI) - Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

Research Projects from the NEH Institute

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In the news

Call for Applications for NEH Summer Institute in Italy on Leonardo da Vinci
UVA Today, 26 September 2011

Leonardo and Art and Science in the Renaissance is Focus of U.Va. Institute UVA Today, 31 January 2012

Bartolo di Fredi's Adoration of the Magi

A Masterpiece Reconstructed Guest Curator, Exhibition, University of Virginia Art Museum, Spring 2012
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The exhibition reunited the surviving components of a late medieval Sienese altarpiece that was arguably one of the greatest work of the painter Bartolo di Fredi (ca. 1330-1410): the main panel, which has remained in Siena since its completion around 1380, and portions of the predella from the Lindenau-Museum in Altenburg, Germany, and from University of Virginia Art Museum. The exhibition traveled to the Museum of Biblical History in New York.

In the News

NBC29, 1 March 2012

Daily Progress, 25 March 2012

New York Observer, 31 July 2012 Read >

New York Times, 9 August 2012 Read >