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Pictured: Three-foot-tall Leonardo’s Horse replica in transit to the Aspen Institute.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. August 3, 2017 — From Sunday, August 6 through Wednesday, August 9, the Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colo. will be hosting an event to celebrate the life and creative genius of Leonardo da Vinci. The event, aptly named “Leonardo da Vinci: A Celebration of Wonder, Imagination, and the Creative Power of Curiosity”, will be attended by Lin Erickson, Executive Director and CEO of the Da Vinci Science Center, along with the Center’s prized three-foot-tall replica of Leonardo’s Horse.
While on the Aspen Institute campus, Erickson has been invited to present the story behind Leonardo’s vision for “Il Cavallo”, which was never realized during his lifetime but came to life five hundred years later through the dream of the late Charles C. Dent of Allentown, Pa. and the organization he founded, Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse, Inc. (LDVHI). Erickson’s presentation will examine the artistic, technological, and historical significance of Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse and feature the creative process employed by Dent and LDVHI to make the Horse a reality.
LDVHI unveiled the completed statue on September 10, 1999 in Milan, Italy. Its completion pays homage to the creative genius of Leonardo the artist and the curiosity of Charles the dreamer. The statue stands today as a symbol of goodwill between the American people and the people of Italy. The Da Vinci Science Center took shape in July 2003 with the merger of the Discovery Center of Science and LDVHI. The Center owns the intellectual and licensing rights for the Leonardo’s Horse sculpture.
Additional Leonardo’s Horse replicas stand in Vinci, Italy; at the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Mich.; at The Baum School of Art in Allentown, Pa.; outside of the Downtown Sheraton Association building in Sheridan, Wyo.; and at the Da Vinci Science Center. The replica in transit to the Aspen Institute is the same statue normally on display at the Center as part of an exhibit relaying the story of Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse and will return following the conference.
Other distinguished scholars in attendance include: Simonetta Brandolini d’Adda, Friends of Florence; Dr. Marco Cianchi, Professor, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze; Dr. Bill Cook, Distinguished Professor of History, SUNY Geneseo; Professor Martin Kemp, Honorary Fellow, Trinity College, Oxford; Dr. Ross King, Author, Leonardo and the Last Supper and Florence: The Painting & Frescoes; Dr. Domenico Laurenza, Research Fellow, Trinity College, Dublin; Dr. Gary Radke, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Syracuse University; David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group; Luke Syson, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Chairman, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Professor Bill Wallace, Professor, Washington University in St. Louis.