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35 Living Relatives of Leonardo da Vinci, Including Franco Zeffirelli, Tracked Down

After 43 years of research, Italian historians claim they have found the living relatives of Leonardo da Vinci, including the film director, and Academy Award nominee, Franco Zeffirelli.

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http://www.theguardian.com

Louvre Goes Ahead With Leonardo Restoration

Leonardo da Vinci's St John the Baptist (1513) is being restored and it is causing a huge debate. The Louvre is currently preparing the restoration of the Renaissance masterpiece, in spite of criticism from some experts who have expressed concerns over the excessive lightening of other restored works by the beloved artist.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk
http://theartnewspaper.com

Louvre uncovers restoration of Leonardo da Vinci's last work Saint Anne
An intense and controversial restoration of the last great work by Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, goes before the public on Thursday at the Louvre Museum.
"The exhibit is a science workshop," Delieuvin said. "For Leonardo, art is founded on theoretical knowledge of nature and its functioning."
In one carnet spilling with mathematical sketches, we see how over several years he painstakingly studied light refracting from opaque objects. It decodes the technique that made Leonardo famous. The Saint Anne painting is a glowing example clearly seen in the blue opaque mantle with its almost imperceptible play on light and shadow.

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www.telegraph.co.uk
http://www.nytimes.com
http://www.theguardian.com

 

Uncover the hidden painting behind one of the most celebrated masterpieces at the Gallery, Leonardo's 'The Virgin of the Rocks'.

When curators and conservators examined Leonardo's The Virgin of the Rocks, they hoped to find an underdrawing. What they did not expect to find was a completely different design, hidden under the paint.Conservators at the Gallery used a technique called infrared reflectography to look through the layers of paint and reveal details of the preliminary drawings underneath.

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www.nationalgallery.org.uk

An x-ray photograph of the National Gallery angel’s head, as published by the gallery in its 1947 account of the documentary evidence concerning the picture by Martin Davies. (In the current Technical Bulletin there is another, perhaps more recent, x-ray photograph that clearly shows the cradle at the back of the panel. In a second version, the visual “interference” of the cradle has been digitally suppressed.) See Fig. 6 for the appearance of the face before either of the last two restorations and notice here the consistent design of the mouth, as seen right-through all the paint layers, and the clear upward tilt of the far side (to our left) of the mouth.

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http://artwatch.org.uk

 

Experts disagree over whether the drawing known as ‘‘La Bella Principessa’’ is by Leonardo.
LONDON — For people who buy, sell or collect old art, the hope of unearthing a new work by a big name is a motivating dream. And names don’t come much bigger than that of Leonardo da Vinci.
For eight years, the Canadian collector Peter Silverman, who lives in Paris, has been trying to convince the art world that a drawing of an aristocratic young woman he bought for around $20,000 is a long-lost masterpiece by Leonardo, potentially worth as much as $150 million.

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www.nytimes.com
www.independent.co.uk


Leonardo was given the vineyard in 1499 as payment for the painting of The Last Supper by Lodovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan.
It was in the middle of the fields at the bottom of Casa degli Atellani's current garden.then planted in a 66-by-186-yard rectangular block.
The twentieth century the garden was transformed by Piero Portaluppi, a very important Milanese architect, while still retaining its splendor.
These were later destroyed, but recently the owners, along with a mix of Milanese institutions, decided to excavate. Archaeologists discovered the exact lay of the vines, while DNA experts determined the variety of Leonardo’s flavorful white grapes: Malvasia di Candia.

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The Bones was found in a tomb under a derelict Florence convent discovered by historians.Carbon-dating on a fragment reveal the time of death to approximately match that of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo.
The next stage in the research would have been to take DNA samples from the bone fragments and compare it with DNA extracted from the remains of two of the five children that Gherardini had with her wealthy silk merchant husband, Francesco del Giocondo.
But the dampness has irreparably damaged the remains and they cannot provide enough DNA to make a comparison.
Even if the bones could be proven to belong to Gherardini, scholars are divided over whether she was the model for the Mona Lisa.

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www.dailymail.co.uk

Salvator Mundi is a painting of Christ as Salvator Mundi recently attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, who is known to have painted the subject. It was lost and later rediscovered, and restored and exhibited in 2011. The painting shows Christ, in Renaissance garb, giving a benediction with his raised right hand and crossed fingers while holding a crystal sphere in his left hand.

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Robert Simon Fine Art
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www.telegraph.co.uk

 


Recently, The Prado Museum clean up and restored the copy of Mona Lisa.
This picture's background was painted over in black in the 18th century, after restoration it was completely removed.
The background was proved that an original was reproduced over the details faithfully. There is no doubt that Prado's Mona Lisa is the earliest copy of the Mona Lisa.
This copy is now one of the most important sources of information.Generally, many experts say the copies of "Mona Lisa" were painted at the same time and in the same studio as the original masterpiece.
However, the picture might be really drawn later. reason is that the picture comprises all the characteristics of current Mona Lisa.
Leonardo probably continued refining the work for mona Lisa until 1516 or 1517.

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http://edition.cnn.com
www.museodelprado.es