Skip to comments.Leonardo da Vinci painting lost for centuries found in Swiss bank vault
Posted on 10/04/2013 1:28:39 PM PDT by Red Badger
It was lost for so long that it had assumed mythical status for art historians. Some doubted whether it even existed.
But a 500-year-old mystery was apparently solved today after a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci was discovered in a Swiss bank vault.
The painting, which depicts Isabella dEste, a Renaissance noblewoman, was found in a private collection of 400 works kept in a Swiss bank by an Italian family who asked not to be identified.
It appears to be a completed, painted version of a pencil sketch drawn by Leonardo da Vinci in Mantua in the Lombardy region of northern Italy in 1499.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
The painting appears to be a completed, painted version of a pencil sketch drawn by Leonardo da Vinci in Mantua in the Lombardy region of northern Italy in 1499.
Looks like a forgery.
That's a big collection.....Too bad they were stashed, art needs to be seen.
Some people invest in gold. Some in art.
I thought at first you were wrong, but as I looked more closely, the painting appears to be missing that “je ne sais quoi” of a da Vinci and even his study sketch.
And the smart ones know that in a real crisis gold and art will be worthless.
She has one hell of a trigger finger!
The expression of the face is bland, devoid of character, the hair lacks texture, the chaplet is tilted at an unlikely angle and looks wrong for the period, and the neckline of the dress is quite different from the drawing. If it’s a Leonardo, he really dashed it off, but I doubt it.
Needed some quick cash for his inventions research...............
Maybe it was Fernando Da Vinci....................
Not a very appealing painting.
I’d be glad to take it................
Yeah me too! I’d sell it as soon as I found a buyer.
I prefer Leo's Elvis on Velvet.
Comparing the sketch to the work, my guess is the painting was started then abandoned by LDV, then later finished/restored/*improved* by some apprentice or novice.
If this is Da Vinci which I highly doubt not one of his best works by far.
I agree; the sketch is far superior to that painting. They’d better sell that painting to a museum quick, before they identify all the “improvements” by some other hand.
happiness is a warm gun
and they keep their value over the years if cared for.
Don’t know much about art, but I think the painting is ugly.
The sketch is, IMHO, superior in one respect.
She has far more character and personality, especially the face.
To One and All:
Please read the article before engaging in ill-informed speculation. After reading it, feel free to indulge ;)
Found in a bank vault?
Then again, da Vinci and Bach did not binge-watch "Breaking Bad" on Netflix. Nor did they spend their weekends watching NFL football and spending a few hours at Buffalo Wild Wings drinking pumpkin beer and consuming mass amounts of overly seasoned chicken parts.
Fact is, there was much less modern distractions back in 1499 or even 1717. Artists had pretty much all day to perfect their craft.
Huh! I would think Elvis would have had a lute strung around him. Other than that it looks realistic.
“I’m smart! I can do things!”
"Remarkable" because of the questions which automatically come to any inquiring mind regarding the circumstances surrounding the actual "finding" of this work of art.
How was it "found"? By the bank itself? By Swiss authorities? By Nazi war criminal sleuths? By Italian authorities exerting pressure somewhere? By Interpol? By a lowly clerk who handles vault-openings for customers and decided to take a private peek inside? By a rogue member of the "Italian family" itself?
The circumstances surrounding the "finding" of this painting is as speculative as is the identity of the real artist of the Italian noblewoman's portrait.
Looks like a bad postage stamp.
Da Vinci was on no sleep, so, can’t fault him for not finishing the work. ;’)
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