Leonardo da Vinci

I have a longstanding interest in Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).

Publications

  • Pevsner, J. (1984). Leonardo da Vinci as a man of peace and war. Letter to the editor, The New York Times, March 12, 1984. (Link)
  • Pevsner J. (2002) Leonardo da Vinci’s contributions to neuroscience. Trends in Neurosciences, 25(4):217-220.
  • Pevsner J. (2005) Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of the brain and soul. Scientific American Mind, 16(1):84-91.

Invited lectures: art museums

  • “Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of the brain: an integrated view of science, engineering, and art.” The Walters Art Museum, March 4, 2004
    Walters Art Museum, panel discussion, “Cracking the da Vinci Code: Four Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon,” October 21, 2004
  • “Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of the brain and soul.” Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, November 19, 2004
  • "Leonardo da Vinci's studies of the brain and soul." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 31, 2005
  • "Leonardo da Vinci's studies of the brain and soul." The Getty Art Museum, Los Angeles, April 17, 2005
  • "Leonardo da Vinci's studies of the brain and soul." The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, June 19, 2005
  • “Fact and Friction: Leonardo Beyond the Code.” The Getty Art Musuem, Los Angeles, May 28, 2006
  • "The Mysteries of Leonardo da Vinci." Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, December 4, 2007
  • “Leonardo da Vinci's Science, Technology, and Art.” 2008 Chenoweth Lecturer. The Birmingham Museum of Art, September 27, 2008
  • "The Mind of Leonardo da Vinci" 19th Annual Thompson Lecture. Flint Institute of Art, Flint, MI, October 6, 2009
  • "Leonardo da Vinci's Science, Technology, and Art" The Getty Art Museum, Los Angeles, April 18, 2010

Invited lectures: science museums

  • “Leonardo’s Contributions to Medicine and Neuroscience.” The Houston Museum of Natural Science, April 29, 2008
  • "Leonardo da Vinci's Science, Technology, and Art" IMAX Theater, Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, November 5, 2009

Invited lectures: universities

  • "Leonardo da Vinci's Science, Technology, and Art." Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, October 15, 2010
  • "Leonardo da Vinci's Science, Technology, and Art." The 2011 William & Pudge Landau Lecture, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, March 21, 2011

Invited lectures: libraries

  • "The Art of Book Collecting," panel discussion, sponsored by the Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University. Peabody Library, September 20, 2004
  • “The world of Leonardo da Vinci through books.” The Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, October 6, 2005
  • "Polymath: Leonardo da Vinci's Life and Legacy." Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries, Mason Hall Auditorium, Homewood Campus, October 23, 2009

Invited lectures: other

  • “Franklin and da Vinci: The World’s Renaissance Men.” National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, sponsored by The Franklin Institute. April 13, 2006
  • “The mind of Leonardo da Vinci.” The Three Arts Club of Homeland, Baltimore, September 10, 2007
  • “What would Leonardo do?” Maryland Community College Association for Continuing Education and Training, Keynote speaker, Ocean City, MD, June 4, 2008
  • Many presentations at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, hospitals, businesses, churches, and retirement communities.

Television

  • The History Channel, “Da Vinci & The Code He Lived By,” first aired December 9, 2005.
  • The Discovery Channel, “Doing DaVinci,” first aired April, 2009.

Performance

  • “Leonardo da Vinci.” Chautauqua 2006: Creativity and Imagination. Sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council. July 7-13, 2006 (six performances)

Teaching

  • “The Mind of Leonardo da Vinci.” Master of Liberal Arts program, Johns Hopkins University. Taught occasional years since 2007 (both on the ground and on-line).

Awards

  • 2009 Teacher of the Year, Master of Liberal Arts program, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2017 Teacher of the Year, Master of Liberal Arts program, Johns Hopkins University

Press