Bridges Between Art and Science

Art and science are often treated as two separate disciplines but when they are considered together it is easy to see the connections and impact between the two.  Both artists and scientists strive to see the world in new ways, and to communicate that vision. This course will explore how artists have historically used science in their work. We will discuss the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci who said, “Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.”  We will look paintings by Rembrandt and others who documented medical knowledge, flora and fauna, birds, animals and the sea world.  We will examine the work of artists like James Turrell who used light to alter our perception of space and George Seurat who focused on the science of color through the use of pointillism.   

 “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science,” -Albert Einstein