An Irishman’s Diary: Alison Hackett and Leonardo da Vinci

Renaissance man meets Renaissance woman

Illustration from Alison Hackett’s “The Visual Time Traveller: 500 years of history, art and science in 100 unique designs”

Illustration from Alison Hackett’s “The Visual Time Traveller: 500 years of history, art and science in 100 unique designs”

It takes a certain amount of courage for a movement called “21st Century Renaissance” to mount an exhibition of art and ideas in Dublin at a time when Leonardo da Vinci – or at least some of his work – is in town.

But such is the position that Alison Hackett, founder of the aforementioned group, finds herself in this week. Not only is she forced to share a small city with da Vinci, he has even turned up in the same postal district.

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