Prof. Isbouts is a best-selling National Geographic author and award-winning historian and filmmaker. This unusual combination of scholar and film director is the reason he was chosen by Disney to direct the official biography of Walt Disney, The Man Behind the Myth, which was just re-released and has been broadcast around the globe. He has also written six hard-cover editions in his National Geographic Biblical History series – including The Biblical World, The Story of Christianity, and Archaeology of the Bible – which sold over a million copies.
His other books include Young Leonardo, a provocative revision of Leonardo da Vinci’s early years written with Christopher Brown and published by St. Martin’s Press, and the upcoming softcover edition of his critically acclaimed bestseller In the Footsteps of Jesus in November of 2017. His book Ten Prayers that Changed the World, published by Random House, received the Best Spirituality Book Award of 2016.
A doctoral professor in the Social Sciences Ph.D. program at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, Dr. Isbouts has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including a recent appearance on BBC’s Secrets of the Mona Lisa. He has also directed a number of films with Leonard Nimoy, Charlton Heston, David Frost, Dick van Dyke and Morgan Freeman for studios and networks including ABC, History Channel, Disney, Hallmark, and PBS. His most recent film is The Search for the Last Supper, a joint production of Pantheon Studios and Brown Discoveries, shot on location in Tuscany with re-enactments featuring a cast of 60+ in period settings.
Dr. Christopher Heath Brown is an art connoisseur and the managing director of Brown Discoveries, LLC, a North Carolina-based research institute focused on the art and culture of the Renaissance.
Originally from Potomac, Maryland, Dr. Brown received his Bachelor of Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then completed his graduate education at the University of North Carolina and graduated with honors in 1986.
Dr. Brown earned his board certification from the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, and has presented and published to both national and international audiences. Ever since his first encounter with Raphael's St. George Slaying the Dragon at the National Art Gallery in Washington D.C., he has been fascinated by Renaissance art.
At Brown Discoveries, he has been responsible for a number of new insights related to the art of Leonardo da Vinci and other Renaissance artists. He is the co-author, with Prof. Isbouts, of the 2013 book The Mona Lisa Myth and of their latest book, Young Leonardo. Drs. Brown and Isbouts are currently working on a new book in their Leonardo da Vinci Trilogy, entitled Leonardo's Legacy: How a Solitary Genius became a World Celebrity.