Monday, February 23, 2009

New Self Portrait of da Vinci discovered?

Check out what could turn out to be only the second authentic self portrait.

Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci discovered in Basilicata - Times Online
At one time thought to portray Galileo Galilei, the great astronomer, it shows a man in three-quarter profile wearing a hat with a feather in it. Mr Barbatelli, who found the painting by chance while researching the history of the Templar Knights and the First Crusade

Mr Barbatelli said: “I could see at once it was not Galileo. The posture, the style and technique were reminiscent of the portrait of Leonardo in the Uffizi”. He too stressed that the painting needed to be “subjected to more tests”, adding “we are only at the beginning”.

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