About this event

  • Date and time Wed 27 Oct 2021 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

Join us to acknowledge the innovation made by Leonardo da Vinci in understanding human anatomy. In this event, we will assess the uniqueness of this acquisition of knowledge and evaluate the extent to which this knowledge failed to gain wider acceptance.

This session is based on the book 'Leonardo da Vinci: Under the Skinby the two speakers, Professor Michel Farthing and Professor Stephen Farthing, in which the authors draw from both their experiences in medicine and art in the assessment of Leonardo's anatomical works.

Professor Michel is an academic physician and Professor Stephen is an artist and art historian. The purpose of this webinar is to help participants gain an understanding of anatomy and its relevance to clinical practice. This webinar also aims to demonstrate the outstanding quality and originality of Leonarda da Vinci's talent, exploring where he got it right and where he got it wrong. There will also be one lecture delivered jointly by acknowledged authorities on this subject.

During this session, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental structure of the human body as shown by Leonardo da Vinci
  • Learn how this knowledge can be applied to contemporary clinical practice, particularly in surgery and radiology
  • Discuss ways in which da Vinci's art explores the human condition

There is a limited number of places available for this in-person event. You can now live stream this meeting from anywhere. Click here to book the live stream. 

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Key speakers

Professor Michael Farthing

Honorary Professor of Medicine, University College London Medical School

Professor Stephen Farthing RA

Painter, Writer and Art Historian


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Professor Sean Hughes, President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine

Leonardo under the skin

Professor Michael Farthing, Honorary Professor of Medicine, University College London Medical School and delivered virtually by Professor Stephen Farthing RA, Painter, Writer and Art Historian

Leonardo and the heart

Professor Frances Wells, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon. Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge 

Panel discussion
Close of meeting

Pre-registered delegates only


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this meeting are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Due to current government guidelines there is limited audience capacity. If UK government guidelines and restrictions change, the format of this event will be updated to comply, and all delegates will be notified via email. 

Special rates for difficult times  

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

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