About this event

  • Date and time Wed 27 Oct 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Location Live stream - online
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

Join us to acknowledge the innovation made by Leonardo da Vinci in understanding human anatomy. In this live stream, 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 live stream 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.

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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

This live stream is available for on-demand viewing. The recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the meeting takes place. 

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Key speakers

Professor Michel Farthing

Honorary Professor of Medicine, University College London Medical School

Professor Stephen Farthing RA

Painter, Writer and Art Historian


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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


Live stream - online

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

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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