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Big Bad Voodoo

Leonardo da Vinci painting lost for centuries

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Not a very good painting, though, unless it looks a lot better 'in the flesh'. That thingummy in her hand looks like a paint-by-the-numbers job.

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Who cares if is Da Vinci? It worth millions.

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It is interesting that although Isabella d'Este was one of the leading women of the Italian Renaissance, it was the commissioned artist who became the memorable figure of importance.

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I'm afraid the above illustration is part of the previously known drawing in the Louvre. part of the painting with good explanations can be seen in The Guardian bit.ly/GCMD31

Regarding the bad drawing of the hand - No body knew human proportions like Leonardo knew. No one could draw human hands as he could. If he drew them wrong that certainly was for a reason, which could be very prosaic sometimes. For example, he planned to paint a full 3/4 bust portrait and the above was only the initial quick sketch. However he run out of space on the paper and included the hand as a "note" to himself. This is just one theory but it can explain the "bad" drawing and makes more sense than Leonardo suddenly drawing like a child. BTW, I personally like the sketch a lot more than the painting.

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Hmm I'm sensing some type of conspiracy theory or a hidden code. :unsure2:

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Awesome pix.great find

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I'm afraid the above illustration is part of the previously known drawing in the Louvre. part of the painting with good explanations can be seen in The Guardian bit.ly/GCMD31

Regarding the bad drawing of the hand - No body knew human proportions like Leonardo knew. No one could draw human hands as he could. If he drew them wrong that certainly was for a reason, which could be very prosaic sometimes. For example, he planned to paint a full 3/4 bust portrait and the above was only the initial quick sketch. However he run out of space on the paper and included the hand as a "note" to himself. This is just one theory but it can explain the "bad" drawing and makes more sense than Leonardo suddenly drawing like a child. BTW, I personally like the sketch a lot more than the painting.

Imho without Vasari neither Leonardo neither Michelangello would be as they are. I think he gave them value. I could be wrong.

BTW welcome to UM! :D

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Without the previously attributed sketch, there isn't much that marks this out as a Da Vinci. It isn't very well executed and nowhere near as sophisticated as his other paintings.

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Guys, this IS the sketch. Just search on Google and you will find the actual painting.

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Very cool find!

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