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301 | Walter Isaacson: Leonardo da Vinci
301 | Walter Isaacson: Leonardo da Vinci
Sunday, October 29 | 2 - 3 PM
Art Institute of Chicago
Rubloff Auditorium
230 S Columbus Dr | Chicago, IL | 60603
  • Members: $37
  • Public: $40
  • Students and Teachers: $35

Standing at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, Leonardo da Vinci might have been history’s most creative genius. Best-selling biographer Walter Isaacson comes to CHF to discuss his magisterial new biography, which shows a wide-ranging da Vinci—he painted the “Mona Lisa” and explored the math of optics—at ease with being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, easily distracted, and, at times, heretical. Isaacson shows how da Vinci’s creativity was based on skills we can improve in ourselves: passionate curiosity, a willingness to question, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

Ticket purchase includes a copy of Leonardo da Vinci.

A book signing will follow this program.

This program recognizes John McCarter who received our Humanist of the Year Award in 2016, and is presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago.


Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

  • Judy and John McCarter Program
  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • 10-17-2017