Autistic Savant Draws Rome After Viewing it Once

Autistic Savant Draws Rome After Viewing it Once

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drawing romeAutistic artist Stephen Wiltshire is a “star among savants.” In the film Beautiful Minds, A Voyage into the Brain, he is introduced as “The Living Camera.” As a child, Stephen was mute and did not relate to other human beings. When he was 11 he sketched the entire city of London in detail after viewing it only once from an airplane. The film tests his ability to draw the city of Rome in panorama after seeing it for the first time in a helicopter. He is given three days to complete the drawing and succeeds brilliantly in rendering exactly the number of columns and archways. (Video 5:15)

Steven lives in London. After studying architectural drawing, he opened his own gallery. His published works are in print and touring the world on exhibit. His website is full of his art :

Other films have been produced about Steven, which he lists here on his site. This film was made by Colourfield Productions, Dortmund, Germany.