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Sacred geometry within a Renaissance painting

An exposition of the geometrical layout and other esoteric associations found in a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci.

A Renaissance painting linked to Leonardo da Vinci and Conan Doyle’s first-ever Sherlock Holmes story. What could they possibly have in common? The cross-references involve sacred geometry and numerology, the symbolism of alchemy and astrology, and the stories of angels and demons as told in the Apocrypha. Separated in time by 400 years, and yet both picture and story invoke the perennial mysteries of initiation and human destiny.

Julia Cleave is an independent scholar, conducting research into the encoding of hermetic traditions in art and literature.


Julia Cleave | talks


Date and Time:

24 February 2006 at 7:15 pm


1 hour



Research Into Lost Knowledge Organisation
41 Queen's Gate
South Kensington
020 7602 0173
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