Celebrating Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday!

Pat Cuadros (CLAS ’10) interviewed her U.Va. co-worker Toni Engel-Gonchoroff, who worked as a museum guard in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 1968. Toni kept watch over a number of great works at the National Gallery of Art, including the exceptional “Ginevra de’ Benci,” a portrait by Leonardo da Vinci. This discussion was filmed for the occasion of Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15, 2015.

2015 has been an important year for Leonardo, with special exhibitions across the United States. Also memorable was the limited release of Julian Jones’ award-winning documentary, “Inside the Mind of Leonardo,” which stars Peter Capaldi (“Doctor Who”) in the role of the celebrated artist.

Disclaimer: “Guarding Leonardo da Vinci: An Interview with Toni Engel-Gonchoroff” is intended only for educational purposes. The opinions expressed herein by the presenters do not represent any official opinions held by the University of Virginia, National Gallery of Art, or any other entities.

Watermarked images of Leonardo’s works were obtained through Art Resource. Permission to use the Peter Capaldi photo was granted by IWC Media.


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