Exhibition Vernissage | Sir William Osler's Leonardo da Vinci Collection: Flight, Anatomy and Art


McLennan Library Building 4th floor lobby and Colgate Room, Rare Books and Special Collections, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA

All are invited to attend a vernissage to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, Sir William Osler's Leonardo da Vinci Collection: Flight, Anatomy and Art,  May 2, 2019, at 5:30 pm.

Exhibition curated by Dr. Rolando F. Del Maestro, William Feindel Professor Emeritus in Neuro-Oncology at McGill University and Director, Neurosurgical Simulation and Artificial Intelligence Learning Centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute.

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The exhibition runs from April 15 to June 28, 2019.

Just as the year 2019 is commemorated as the 100th year since the death of Sir William Osler it is also being celebrated around the world as the 500th year since the death of Leonardo da Vinci. The lives of these two individuals, separated by four centuries, have many common features. 

The books and articles in this exhibition are based on William Osler’s Leonardo da Vinci Collection with additional Leonardo materials from the Dr. Rolando Del Maestro Collection. The objectives of this exhibition are: 1) to outline a short history of Leonardo’s life pertinent to Osler’s Leonardo Collection, 2) to explore the similarities in the lives of William Osler and Leonardo da Vinci, and 3) to document the history of the Leonardo volumes in Osler’s library focused under the topics of flight, anatomy and art along with Osler’s personal engagement with his Leonardo Collection.

Come…browse through the fascinating original editions of Leonardo’s books, articles and pamphlets present in Osler’s collection. Look over Osler’s shoulder as he and his cataloguers examined and transformed these volumes, inserting important items, including personal letters and witness new insights. Feel the intimate connection with each volume. Enjoy the very human imaginative process that results in the creation and beauty of the book.

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