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Leonardo: Connecting Art and Anatomy



Leonardo: Connecting Art and Anatomy

Professor Kevin Petti’s talk focuses on Leonardo the Anatomist. Known for iconic works such as The Last Supper and Mona Lisa, closely examining Leonardo’s anatomical sketches in his private papers reveals a new dimension to his genius. Leonardo employed dissection techniques generations ahead of university anatomists, and discovered human structure and function unknown to physicians for centuries. This talk also explores how human dissection influenced the works of other Renaissance Masters such as Michelangelo and Raphael.

The event is part of the series celebrating Leondardo's 500th anniversary. Organized by the Institute in collaboration with San Diego Miramar College.

By invitation only. Open to IIC Members.

Kevin Petti, Ph.D. teaches courses in human anatomy and physiology, human dissection, kinesiology, and health science. He has been teaching at San Diego Miramar College since 1987, and is president emeritus of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS). Dr. Petti has contributed to several anatomy and physiology textbooks. Most recently he is a coauthor for the third edition of Visual Anatomy and Physiology (2018). As a dual U.S./Italian citizen, he travels to Italy twice annually teaching Study Abroad for San Diego State University and continuing education for anatomy professors in the Anatomia Italiana program he founded in 2012. These programs visit the very lecture halls and dissection theaters of the first modern anatomists. Students learn about the genesis of anatomy as a science in Italy, and its connection to the work of the Renaissance Masters, who also dissected bodies to enhance their art. Dr. Petti is invited to speak about the connection between art and anatomy in Greco-Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance Italy at international conferences, museums, and Italian-American groups, as well as universities throughout North America and Europe. The Italian government has invited him to speak at their Cultural Institutes in Los Angeles and New York City; and The University of Palermo, Sicily, hosted Dr. Petti for a week as a guest lecturer in their seminar series celebrating its 210th anniversary. Dr. Petti also served as Senior Scientific Consultant and General Coordinator for North America for the 2017 International Congress on Anatomical Wax Modeling, London. Most recently, Chinese Central Television (CCTV) featured Dr. Petti in their 8-part documentary 200 Years of Surgery. Dr. Petti has a bachelors degree from Humboldt State University, a masters degree from San Diego State University, and a doctorate from the University of San Diego. He has a keen interest in staying physically active. He has completed more than ten triathlons and has rock climbed for years. The 2000' Northwest Face of Yosemite's Half Dome is his proudest climbing achievement. He is married over 30 years and has two adult children.

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Time: At 4:00 pm

Entrance : Free

Location:Baylor College of Medicine (see Flyer)