Did Renaissance genius Leonardo Da Vinci paint his likeness in to one of his most famous paintings ?
Art expert Ross King believes that Da Vinci used his own image when he painted Thomas and James the Lesser in The Last Supper. The claim is partly based on a poem by Da Vinci's friend Gasparo Visconti who made references suggesting that Da Vinci may have included his likeness in some of his paintings. A chalk drawing thought to portray Da Vinci from 1515 also bears resemblance to the two figures in The Last Supper.
"The Last Supper is the only work that no one - either crackpot or academic - has tried to identify as a Leonardo portrait," said King.
"In humorous verse, Visconti mocks an unnamed artist for putting his self-portrait into his paintings – "however handsome it may be" – and with his own "actions and ways", namely gestures and expressions."
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