Capstone lecture with Francis Wells, Cardiothoracic Surgeon
A Modern Assessment of the Anatomical Notes and Drawings with Francis Wells, cardiothoracic surgeon, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge
Over 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci, in the last phase of his anatomical work, focused on the mechanics of the heart. His incisive drawings and detailed dissection notes continue to inspire contemporary artists, researchers and medical practitioners today. In this special lecture for current as well as future medical scientists and physicians, Dr. Francis Wells presents his ongoing research on Da Vinci, exploring the veracity of the artist’s anatomical drawings while sharing how the study of Da Vinci’s work inspired new approaches in cardiothoracic surgery.
Anatomy Observed: Wax, Wood, Ink and iPad
Medical students and artists of the past relied heavily on sculptures and prints for the study of human anatomy. Explore and compare historical and contemporary approaches to anatomical study in this guided viewing of select works from Getty Research Institute’s special collections. With artist Richard Houston, Art Center College of Design and chief curator Marcia Reed, Getty Research Institute.
Artistic Anatomy: Figure, Form and Function
The discipline of drawing can foster profound levels of observation and understanding. Experience drawing from a live model while exploring the beauty of the human form and the anatomical wonders of bipedalism. Appropriate to all experience levels. With artist Peter Zokosky, Laguna College of Art and Design and cardiothoracic surgeon, Francis Wells, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge.
Dr. Francis Wells, MS, MA Bsc (Hons), FrCS, MB, BS Dr. Wells is a recognized world leader in the field of mitral and tricuspid valve surgery and a cardiothoracic surgeon at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge. He is also an accomplished artist with a specific research interest in Leonardo Da Vinci’s anatomical drawings. In 2013 he published the book The Heart of Leonardo, featuring a modern interpretation of Da Vinci’s drawings of the heart. Other collaborations in the arts include work with the Siobhan Davies Ballet Company to choreograph a modern dance reflecting the heart and its workings, based on Da Vinci’s drawings.
About the event
This day of workshops with lecture is part of a series of collaborative programs initiated by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA exploring the rich intersections of medical education and the arts.
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