Some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most imaginative drawings depict how to travel underwater. He drew figures fitted with bloated masks or mouthpieces connected to air tubes. These proto-scuba divers offer the promise—or at least the potential—for gaining a new kind of access to water’s depths. Dr. Leslie Geddes, assistant professor of art history at Tulane University, will discuss how these drawings reveal Leonardo’s commitment to trying to figure out how to view the murky and mysterious underwater world firsthand. The devices are not merely whimsical inventions; they invite comparison with Leonardo’s deepest concerns about the observable world.
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