Aug 7, 2012

Could This Be a Lost da Vinci?

Crossposted from Reflections Journal.

We'll have to wait and see if this is really a da Vinci but you know what I notice? Mary Magdalene (?) has no eyebrows. Neither does the Mona Lisa and according to a recent discovery, it's because that layer of paint has worn off. Da Vinci added eyebrows on top of the last layer of glaze to lend a more three dimensional look. I wonder if that's a technique he taught and if the same is true of this painting.

Fiona McLaren, 59, had kept an old painting in her Scottish farmhouse for decades. She reportedly didn't think much of the painting, which had been given to her as a gift by her father. But after she finally decided to have the painting appraised, some experts are speculating that it may in fact be a 500-year-old painting by Leonardo da Vinci and potentially worth more than $150 million.

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The Daily Mail says the painting may be of Mary Magdalene holding a young child. The painting is now undergoing further analysis by experts at the Cambridge University and the Hamilton Kerr Institute, who will attempt to uncover its exact age and origins.

Even if the painting is not a da Vinci original, it is believed to at least be from the da Vinci school, created by one of the master's pupils during the 16th century.

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