The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: Book Cover Designs

‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown is a special book for me. The book was published in 2003 and immediately had trekked the globe to become the bestseller. Everyone around me was either reading the book or had already read this book. I joined the bandwagon; borrowed the book from a friend and was simply bowled over by this book.

A few years back I saw ‘The Da Vinci Code’ at a book sale; nostalgia gripped me and I bought this copy.

The first edition of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ had the picture of Monalisa through a ripped page effect on the cover. The text was in gold and in all caps. The appearance of a torn page to reveal Monalisa underneath is like a hint to the historical cover-ups that form the theme of this book. In Dan Brown books, there is heavy use of hidden words and clues forming puzzle-pieces to unravel a mystery.

‘The Da Vinci Code’ begins with the murder of Jacques Sauniere, the curator at the Louvre. He is killed by Silas, a monk working for someone known as the Teacher and a character obsessed with self-punishment. I think Silas inspired Dan Brown to etch Mala’kh, the antagonist in his next book, ‘The Lost Symbol’.

Sauniere’s body is discovered in the pose of the ‘Vitruvian man’, a reference to one of Dante’s most famous works. Enter Robert Langdon, an American Professor of Symbology. Sophie Neveu, a cryptologist working with the French police is there to assist Professor Langdon in decoding the clues left at the murder scene. Neveu is Sauniere’s granddaughter who was also the grandmaster at the Priory of Scion, a secret religious society. The Priory of Scion protects the secret of the Holy Grail.

The trail leads Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu to the paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci from Mona Lisa to the Madonna of the Rocks to The Last Supper. In between, there is the Fibonacci sequence, the Pagan order, and the Templar knights. The central plot is to unearth an alternative religious history where Langdon and Neveu trace the descendants of the bloodline of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene.

My copy of the cover has this pastel brown on which there are huge arches and a shadowy figure – perhaps Aringarosa, head of religious secret sect, also Silas’ mentor or it is Silas. The place could also be the Rosslyn Chapel, the final place where Langdon and Neveu are able to find the answer and decipher Rosslyn as Rose Line and the shadowy image just a reference to the past.

Somewhere I read Dan Brown was inspired by Sydney Sheldon’s ‘The Doomsday Conspiracy’ to become a writer of thriller books. It is surprising that Dan Brown started his career with writing humour books under a pseudonym; a fact I still cannot digest. Digital Fortress was Dan Brown’s first book, followed by Angels and Demons and Deception Point. And, I lived under a rock until ‘The Da Vinci Code’ came, Dan Brown’s fourth book.

24 thoughts on “The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: Book Cover Designs

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  3. You have me wanting to read Dan Brown again. I really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, and my copy of the book made the rounds to a number of friends. I can hardly believe he wrote humor – it seems impossible!


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  5. Finally, a book that I have read. I loved this book. But then again, it’s Dan Brown. My book has got the first cover in this post. I agree with him, you should totally read The Girl On The Train. 🙂


  6. I remember the craze this book had at the time I had read it. It was fascinating to read an alternate version of history. There was thrill in reading something that bordered on (or perhaps already was) blasphemy. It was an amazing read.

    Do you know of any other similar books? Please recommend. Something that has a different perspective to history the way we generally know it?

    Blogrolling you.


    Do drop by mine.

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  7. I read about Da Vinci in the morning itself and now this. I have heard of Dan brown earlier, but never got the chance to read his work. However, this was a very interesting post for me. Thank you for this.
    Happy A2Zing 🙂

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  8. I too have this pastel brown cover. I got it this year from world book fair, but haven’t read it yet.
    After seeing your post, I wanted to pick it right now.
    And I was totally unaware of the fact that Dan Brown wrote humorous books. Unbelievable.

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    • Really! Even I got this copy last year from a book fair. I had borrowed the book from a friend to read, a long time back.
      It’s unbelievable that Dan Brown could write humour! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  9. One of the best books. Even I read have read it.
    Have you read The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins? If you haven’t you must.
    Thanks for coming over to my blog.
    Shall check out your other posts.

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