Portrait Of Leonardo Da Vinci Found In Italy?

February 23, 2009

Italy (ChattahBox) – A Renaissance portrait, believed to be of Leonardo da Vinci, has been discovered by the art collection of a wealthy family in Basilicata.

The family, who have requested anonymity, said that it was found by an art historian who was given access to the collection for inspection. The family had originally thought it to be of Galileo, but according to Nicola Barbatelli, it is actually da Vinci.

“I could see at once it was not Galileo,” he explained. “The posture, the style and technique were reminiscent of the portrait of Leonardo in the Uffizi”

The portrait shows a three-quarter profile of a man with a long beard and mustache, and a large feathered hat. But the give away was the “Pinxit Mea” written backwards on the back of the painting, a common feature on da Vinci’s own work, causing many to speculate that it may actually be a self portrait.

The painting is undergoing further examination, although the oil-on-canvas has already been shown to be an original, and not a replica or copy.


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