Interdisciplinary learning is not a new concept, but is now needed in education more than ever as our economic, social, and cultural environments develop at accelerating speed. There have been countless interdisciplinary thinkers who saw no boundaries between subjects.
It may be hard to believe that, half a millenium ago, the project helped fuel one of the Renaissance's greatest rivalries, attended by stories of sex, violent rows, money and a dirty, bitter, misshapen genius in dogskin boots.
Intellect and power are words which by default we associate with masculinity. History records a long list of powerful people, political leaders, scientists, engineers, philosophers, writers, artists' et al, mostly male.
Thanks to the power of the image of Mona Lisa and the imagination of Dan Brown, the da Vinci brand will never lack box office appeal. But, just in case, curators for this new exhibition have used another of the artist's most recognisable works to help drive publicity.