Lucan portrait of Leonardo da Vinci

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Post  tungduong_9102 on Sun 14 Nov 2010 - 16:23

The Lucan portrait of Leonardo da Vinci is a recently discovered painting believed by some experts to be a self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci. The painting is oil on panel, 60 cm-by-44 cm (24×17 inches) and depicts Leonardo da Vinci in three-quarter view, with a long beard and wearing a dark hat. The painting was discovered in 2008 by Nicola Barbatelli, Director of Museo Antiche delle Genti di Lucania (Museum of the Ancient People of Lucania) of Vaglio Basilicata, a hill town in Basilicata in Southern Italy, where it is currently exhibited.[1] It has been given the name the Lucan portrait from Lucania, the ancient name of Basilicata.

The painting has been subject to a range of scientific tests to determine its age and with the apparent aim of supporting Barbatelli's attribution to Leonardo da Vinci. Alessandro Vezzosi, Director of the Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci at Vinci, proposed an attribution to Cristofano dell'Altissimo, a prolific portrait painter of the 16th century, who executed for Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany numerous portraits, some of them after the Giovio Series of portraits of famous men, including a profile of Leonardo based on the red chalk profile drawing in the Royal Collection, attributed to Leonardo's companion Francesco Melzi. No results of detailed stylistic analysis of the painting, or stylistic comparison with known works by Leonardo da Vinci and other possible authors are available. It is unknown if such studies have taken place.

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