Young Leonardo

Hickory – Today, no one disputes the genius of Leonardo da Vinci or the impact of his Milanese masterpiece, The Last Supper. But few know that only about 20 percent of Leonardo’s original fresco remains. Most experts are resigned to the same conclusion: we no longer know what the painting that ushered in the age of the High Renaissance looked like…or do we?

In an extraordinary revelation, the authors of the new book Young Leonardo: The Evolution of a Revolutionary Artist, 1472-1499 (Thomas Dunne Press; July 2017: $26.99 Hardcover; ISBN: 978-1-250-12935-2), argue the opposite. Prof. Jean-Pierre Isbouts, an art historian, and Christopher Heath Brown, an art connoisseur, discovered that a life-size canvas of the Last Supper in a remote Belgian monastery was actually painted by Leonardo and his studio, showing us exactly what the original Last Supper looked like. The authors also uncovered a strong link between the Last Supper in Milan and the fresco painted on the opposite wall.

Dr. Brown will be at a book signing on Friday, September 8, at 7 pm at Barnes and Noble, Gateway Plaza Shopping Center, 2405 US-70, Hickory, NC 28602.

About the Authors

Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts is an acclaimed art historian, archaeologist, and doctoral professor at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of several National Geographic bestsellers, including The Biblical World and In the Footsteps of Jesus, as well as several books on art, including Van Gogh: Harvest of the Sun, The Renaissance of Florence, and The French Impressionists. A Renaissance expert, he has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including most recently a BBC Special  on the Mona Lisa, and is also the host of the upcoming film The Search for the Last Supper.

Dr. Christopher Heath Brown is a connoisseur of Renaissance art and founder of Brown Discoveries, LLC, a center devoted to the study of Renaissance art and literature in North Carolina. A board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and co-author of the book The Mona Lisa Myth (Pantheon, 2013), Dr. Brown brings his decades of experience to a meticulous analysis of portrait art. He also appears in the film The Search of the Last Supper.