Barnes and Noble Thousand Oaks is hosting a meet and greet book-signing event with National Geographic historian Jean-Pierre Isbouts, co-author of the highly anticipated The Da Vinci Legacy from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 located at 160 S. Westlake Blvd. in the Promenade at Westlake.
Released by Apollo Publishers on May 2 in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, The Da Vinci Legacy is an illustrated color hardcover written by Isbouts, a best-selling author, art historian and doctoral professor at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, together with art connoisseur Dr. Christopher Brown.
Dr. Isbouts will be signing The Da Vinci Legacy books that will be available for purchase. Admission is free.
The Da Vinci Legacy is the first book to unravel the greatest mystery of Da Vinci: How did Leonardo, a painter of few works who died in obscurity in France, become the star icon he is today? How did he outlast the fame of his rivals, Raphael and Michelangelo and become the highest-selling painter of modern times? What is the secret of this Leonardo mystique?
The answer is provided in an immersive journey through art, literature, science and politics.
Film Version Narrated by Morgan Freeman
The release of the book is coinciding with the broadcast of the film The Search for the Mona Lisa, a dramatized documentary produced by Pantheon Studios in Santa Monica, Calif. which optioned the rights to The Da Vinci Legacy. Narrated by Morgan Freeman and scheduled for broadcast on public television throughout May, the film was shot on location in Italy and France with more than 60 actors and extras, including renowned Italian actor Alessandro Demcenko as Leonardo da Vinci.
About the Authors
Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts is a humanities scholar, National Geographic bestselling author and award-winning filmmaker, specializing in European history, the culture of the Near East and Renaissance art. A doctoral professor at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, Calif., he gained worldwide renown with his 2006 book, The Biblical World, which became an international bestseller and is now in its fourth print. This success led to a series of National Geographic books, including the bestsellers In the Footsteps of Jesus (2017) and The Story of Christianity (2014). Dr. Christopher Brown is the director of Brown Discoveries in North Carolina, devoted to studies of Renaissance art. The duo also has worked on The Mona Lisa Myth, 2013 and Young Leonardo, 2017.