Leonardo's Library: Paula Findlen and Jonathan Pevsner in Conversation
Leonardo da Vinci was, historian Paula Findlen writes, “always in search of more books to see and read.” Leonardo’s Library: The World of a Renaissance Reader, an exhibit organized by Findlen and currently on view in Stanford’s Green Library, reveals the range of Leonardo’s interests and the ways in which the books he read shaped his development as an artist and scientist. In this conversation, two Leonardo experts share their knowledge about what Leonardo read and how these texts influenced the great Renaissance mind.
Paula Findlen, a scholar of early modern Europe and the history of science, is Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History at Stanford.
Jonathan Pevsner is a professor and research scientist studying the molecular basis of brain disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Pevsner has a longstanding interest in Leonardo da Vinci and has lectured and published widely on his contributions to science.
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