Da Vinci guru Jonathan Pevsner finds value—and
flaws—in the blockbuster novel and film.
You saw the movie; now learn more about
its truths and untruths from our own Leonardo authority.
He was a 17-year-old high school student spending a year in London
when he walked into the National Gallery and saw Leonardo da Vinci’s
preparatory sketches for Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and
Saint John the Baptist. For six hours, he sat there spellbound,
studying the large-scale drawings. From then on—through
college at Haverford, graduate work here, a postdoctoral fellowship
at Stanford—Jonathan Pevsner, now an associate professor
of neurology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and neuroscience
at the School of Medicine, was hooked.