As reported by the New York Daily News on Saturday, a newly discovered painting found in a bank vault in Switzerland could belong to world famous painter Leonardo Da Vinci.
Experts believe that the portrait is a finished version of a pencil sketch of Renaissance noblewoman Isabella d’Este, Italy’s Corriere Della Sera newspaper reported. The sketch, which is currently hanging in the Louvre Museum in Paris, was completed in 1499 or 1500.
The aristocrat d’Este apparently wrote to Da Vinci after seeing his drawing of her, asking him to produce a painting. Art historians thought he might not have had time to get to the request because he was working on one of his largest works--"The Battle of Anghiari", on the walls of Florence’s town hall-- and then the famous "Mona Lisa"around that time, in 1503.
Historical records indicate that d’Este, the Marchesa of Mantua, was pleased with the sketch and requested that da Vinci create an oil portrait for her. Art historians have believed for centuries that the request was never fulfilled, or the painting was lost, AFP reported.
Martin Kemp, an expert on the Renaissance man and a professor emeritus of the history of art at Trinity College, Oxford, told The Daily Telegraph that da Vinci usually painted on wooden boards, and the newly discovered portrait is on canvas. However, if there's one thing she has learned about studying da Vinci, it's to never be surprised.
Last year, another painting thought to be a da Vinci work was uncovered in a Scottish farmhouse. Experts have yet to reveal if the estimated 500-year-old portrait of Madonna and child is authenticate. But, if it is the real-deal, the painting could be worth more than $150 million.
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