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Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus (Re/De)Coded: An Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion and Digital Installation

The Codex Atlanticus (spanning 1478 to 1519) is the largest extant collection of the Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci’s investigations and innovations across math, science, art, engineering, and the humanities. Now, similarly, interdisciplinary approaches are enabling a deep, comprehensive, and participatory digital encounter with one of the world’s greatest texts.

Through a collaboration with the design firm, The Visual Agency, and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan (which has housed the original Codex since the seventeenth century), Northeastern University hosts the debut U.S. presentation of this interactive digital installation. Capturing the spirit of interdisciplinary research at Northeastern University, the installation facilitates unparalleled access to the full Codex in extremely high resolution. It also enables viewers to (re)order, juxtapose, and sequence its (historically unfixed) pages in ways that may catalyze new insights, and to undertake complex data-driven visualizations and analysis by leveraging the software’s extensive metadata framework.

Please join us in celebrating the arrival of the Codex on Wednesday, November 20, at 5 p.m. for an interdisciplinary panel discussion. Panelists will be:

Matteo Bonera, Creative Director of The Visual Agency and professor at Politecnico di Milano
Rev. Prof. Francesco Braschi of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana
Cammy Brothers, Associate Professor of Art + Design and Architecture in the College of Arts, Media and Design
Paolo Ciuccarelli, Professor of Design in the College of Arts, Media and Design, and Director of the Center for Design 
Amy Halliday (Moderator), Director of the Center for the Arts

More information on each panelist is included below. Immediately following will be a reception from 6-7 p.m. 

Part of the 2019 ‘Year of Leonardo Da Vinci,’ the installation is organized by Northeastern University and CAMD’s Center for Design and Center for the Arts, with sponsorship from the Italian Consulate and the Office of the Provost, and in partnership with the Biblioteca Ambrosiana and The Visual Agency



Matteo Bonera

Matteo Bonera is the Creative Director of The Visual Agency and professor at Politecnico di Milano. With over 10 years of professional experience working on national and international projects he has extensive expertise in the fields of communication and information design, ranging from dynamic and static data and knowledge visualization to motion graphics and the design of cutting-edge digital experiences. His multidisciplinary background in visual, multimedia and information design enables him to push the creative boundaries of complex communication projects of the public and private sector. Many projects created under his leadership have won international prizes and awards. Since 2016 he has held the position of adjunct professor at the Politecnico di Milano, and is a lecturer at the European Institute of Design, teaching advanced information design to international students.

Rev. Prof. Francesco Braschi

Born 1967 near Milan, he achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Catholic Theology (1991) and was ordained as a Priest in 1992. Living in Rome, he achieved a Licence (Master) and Doctorate (Ph. D.) in Theology and Patristic Sciences at the Augustinianum Institute. From 1998 to 2011 he taught Christian Antiquities, Patrology and Eastern Churches’ Theology at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy (Milan). In 2007 he was appointed Doctor at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan and was involved in the unbinding, restoration and exhibition of the Codex Atlanticus. In 2014 he was appointed Professor for Theology at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Milan, where he teaches two courses yearly. His main interests are now Slavistics and Eastern Churches Theology.

Cammy Brothers

Cammy Brothers specializes in Italian Renaissance and Mediterranean art and architecture and has a joint appointment in Architecture and in Art & Design. She received her A.B. from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, her M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her book, Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture (Yale University Press, 2008; recipient of the Morey Prize from the College Art Association and the Hitchcock Prize from the Society of Architectural Historians) argues that Michelangelo’s architectural drawings are best understood in terms of his experience as a painter and sculptor. It explores the idea of drawing as a mode of thinking and reconstructs the process by which Michelangelo arrived at new ideas.

Paolo Ciuccarelli

Architect and Communication Designer Paolo Ciuccarelli is a Professor of Design at Northeastern University after spending twenty years at Politecnico di Milano in Italy. At Politecnico, he coordinated the Communication Design program (BSc and MSc), has been a member of the board of the Ph.D. in Design and founded the DensityDesign Research Lab, an award-winning laboratory for data visualization and information design. Paolo’s research focuses on the design transformations that help to make sense of data and information, which improves decision-making processes, especially with non-experts and stakeholders. His research also focuses on controversial and complex social issues, where he experiments with the role of rhetoric and visual poetry for deeper engagement. He also works in developing tools and methods to understand the evolution of the design discipline in the framework of a meta-design approach. Paolo Ciuccarelli is the author of best-paper awarded publications, has lectured at Royal College of Arts, ENSCI Les Ateliers, Glasgow School of Arts, King’s College and Stanford Humanities Centre, and has been invited to talk at conferences such as Eyeo, TEDx, Visualized, NetSci, and Congreso Futuro. He has been a member of the board of the Master in European Design.

Amy Halliday

Amy Halliday is a curator, educator, and writer from South Africa with over a decade of experience working in public and university art museums. She has an MA in Teaching from Smith College, an MA in Art History from University College London (UCL), and a lifelong passion for teaching and learning, first kindled by teaching study abroad Art History in the town squares, churches, and museums of Florence, Italy. She has particular expertise in global contemporary art; interdisciplinary curatorial practice; art and social change; object-based inquiry and pedagogies; and public engagement and programming in the arts.