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Lost Da Vinci painting found in bank vault

Posted on Sunday, 6 October, 2013 | Comment icon 10 comments

Da Vinci's original pencil sketch of Isabella d’Este. Image Credit: Leonardo Da Vinci

The priceless painting by Renaissance genius Leonardo Da Vinci depicts noblewoman Isabella d’Este.

Art historians had long suspected that the painting existed because an incomplete pencil sketch of it ( that currently hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris ) had already been found. Years of futile searching for the whereabouts of the painting however had lead some experts to question whether Da Vinci had ever actually created the finished work at all.

These concerns have now all but disappeared thanks to the sudden and unexpected discovery of the original Isabella d’Este painting in a private collection of 400 works stored in a Swiss bank vault. Scientific testing conducted on the piece has confirmed that it is indeed the work of Da Vinci himself and not a fake or forgery.

"There are no doubts that the portrait is the work of Leonardo," said Prof Carlo Pedretti, an expert in identifying Da Vinci's painting style. "I can immediately recognise Da Vinci’s handiwork, particularly in the woman's face."

As one of only a handful of authentic Da Vinci paintings in the world it is believed that the newly discovered work is likely to be worth tens of million of pounds.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (10)

Tags: Leonardo Da Vinci

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by PersonFromPorlock on 5 October, 2013, 22:07
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.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Big Bad Voodoo on 5 October, 2013, 22:54
Who cares if is Da Vinci? It worth millions.
Comment icon #3 Posted by highdesert50 on 6 October, 2013, 16:20
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.
Comment icon #4 Posted by stiver on 6 October, 2013, 16:45
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 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" ... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 6 October, 2013, 22:28
Hmm I'm sensing some type of conspiracy theory or a hidden code.
Comment icon #6 Posted by coolguy on 7 October, 2013, 4:38
Awesome pix.great find
Comment icon #7 Posted by Big Bad Voodoo on 7 October, 2013, 6:10
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!
Comment icon #8 Posted by The_Student on 7 October, 2013, 16:57
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.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Stegosaurus on 10 October, 2013, 21:08
Guys, this IS the sketch. Just search on Google and you will find the actual painting.
Comment icon #10 Posted by hollistrum on 10 October, 2013, 22:36
Very cool find!
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