Mona Lisa Smile

2019 Leonardo 500 Celebrations in San Francisco

The Leonardo da Vinci Society of San Francisco
in collaboration with The Italian Cultural Institute

Mona Lisa Smile:
The Question of Leonardo’s Women,
from Vasari to Freud and the Digital Age

An illustrated lecture by Dr. Henrike Christiane Lange,

Assistant Professor, Department of History of Art,

University of California, Berkeley

How did Leonardo relate to the women in his paintings,
and to women in his life? From Giorgio Vasari to Sigmund Freud, historians and theorists have grappled with this enigmatic and intimate question which reformulates itself visually in the digital age.

Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 pm

Italian Cultural Institute
601 Van Ness Ave F, San Francisco, CA 9410

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Dr.Henrike Christiane Lange holds a joint appointment at the University of California, Berkeley (Departments of Italian Studies and History of Art), specializing in European medieval and early modern art, architecture, visual culture, and literature in relation to the Mediterranean. She has a second area of expertise in late nineteenth / early twentieth century historiography, literature, and art in Europe and the US. Having earned her doctorate from Yale University in 2015, Professor Lange is currently finishing a monograph on Giotto’s Arena Chapel and the Roman Jubilee of 1300. Lange represented Yale University as speaker for the IFA/Frick Symposium on the History of Art in NYC, was an invited speaker at the Fifth Ferrari Symposium for Italian Renaissance Studies, the Inaugural Speaker for the Annual Di Giovanni Dante Lecture Series at the University of Toronto, and is the recipient of an award for Teaching Excellence and of a Distinguished Fellowship at Notre Dame’s IAS (2017-2018). Henrike Lange’s art historical practice and teaching are informed by her curatorial background and work experience in Italian, American, German, and British museum collections.

Leonardo 500 Gala

The Leonardo da Vinci Society of San Francisco
The President and Board of Directors
cordially invite you to

Leonardo da Vinci Society Gala Dinner

Dinner and Renaissance Music

Award Ceremony for Premio Leonardo 500
in collaboration with ISSNAF

Exhibit of The Leonardo Da Vinci Society
th Anniversary
Presented by Laura Piccirillo Waste

Friday, April 5th from 6pm to 10pm

The Century Club of California
1355 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Renaissance music trio by Roy Whelden

Premio Leonardo 500
The Leonardo da Vinci Society and ISSNAF, in honor of the 500 year anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death in Amboise France, are proud to announce the three winners of the $1000 Award in each of the following categories: Biological sciences, Mathematical and physical sciences, and Engineering.

Exhibit of The Leonardo Da Vinci Society 70th Anniversary
In October 1949, Mrs. Dobbins (Ruth) D’Anneo, Countess Lilian Dandini, and Mrs. Louis (Maria Teresa) Piccirillo met to formally discuss organizing a Society that, at the suggestion of Mrs. Piccirillo, they named “The Leonardo da Vinci Society” after the renown Renaissance Man. Today, we celebrate our 70th Birthday with a small exhibition curated by Valentina Anania and presented by Laura Piccirillo Waste.

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Leonardo da Vinci Society and return by March 23rd 2019 to:
Leonardo Da Vinci Society   P.O. Box 5775
San Francisco, CA 94147-5775

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Leonardo 500 Anniversary

On the 70th Anniversary of its foundation, The Leonardo da Vinci Society San Francisco and The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco are proud to announce
a series of events planned and launched under the auspices
of the Consulate General of Italy,  in collaboration with Humanities West, ISSNAF,
the Museo Italo Americano, the Commonwealth Club
and Stanford University celebrating the Leonardo 500 Anniversary.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11th at 6:00pm

Leonardo’s Knots
By author Caroline Cocciardi
Publisher: Mona Lisa Knot (2019)

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15th at 6:30pm

Becoming Leonardo: An exploded view
on the life of Leonardo
(Melville House)
By author Mike Lankford

Organized by The Leonardo da Vinci Society in collaboration with Museo Italo Americano

Museo Italo Americano, Fort Mason, Building C
Reservations: Becoming Leonardo

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19th at 6:00pm

Salvator Mundi
A lecture by Prof. Martin Kemp
Organized by Commonwealth Club

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero


Salvator Mundi
Creating Leonardo: Commemorating
500 Years of Leonardo’s Legacy 

A 2 days program organized by
Humanities West

Marines’ Memorial Theatre
609 Sutter St.
Discount Tickets for LDV members code: DaVinciSociety

THURSDAY, MARCH 14th at 6:00pm

Mona Lisa Smile:
The question of Leonardo’s Women,
from Vasari to
Freud and the Digital Age
by Prof. Henrike Lange, UC Berkeley

Organized by The Leonardo da Vinci Society
in collaboration with The Italian Cultural Institute

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20th at 6:30pm

Lynn Harris on Isaacson Book
Organized by Humanities West

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero

SATURDAY, MARCH 23rd  (4pm to 10pm)

Celebrate the Legacy of Leonardo thru Food
Presented by Prof. Ken Albala
Organized by Humanities West
At the Civic Kitchen


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27th  at 6:30pm

Leonardo’s Books. New Light on
Leonardo’s Intellectual World
onference of Prof. Carlo Vecce
(University of Naples “L’Orientale”)


Organized by The Italian Cultural Institute

FRIDAY, APRIL 5th  at 6pm

Leonardo da Vinci Society 500 Gala Dinner
Award to 3 young scientists by LdVS & ISSNAF

Renaissance music trio by Roy Whelden
Dinner and DJ


THURSDAY, MAY 2nd  (10am to 5pm)

Opening of the Exhibition
Leonardo’s Lost Library: 
A Renaissance reader and his books.

Organized by Stanford University

MONDAY, MAY 6th  at 6:30pm

Leonardo and Music 
Lecture by Prof. Kate von Orden
(Harvard University)
Organized by The Leonardo da Vinci Society
in collaboration with The
Italian Cultural Institute

Italian Cultural Institute San Francisco

TUESDAY, MAY 14th  at 7pm

Museo Galileo, Florence, Kratter
Visiting Professor, will present to wrap up
our  celebration of 500 years of Leonardo

The Signs of Time: Leonardo da
Vinci’s History of the Earth and the Fate of Man.


Organized by Stanford University
Cemex Auditorium, Stanford University






The Leonardo da Vinci Society is a cultural organization based in San Francisco. The Society organizes presentations and other events that highlight the importance of Italian history and culture, and the importance of Italian contributions to American life. Membership is open to all who love Italy and wish to learn more about this wonderful country…