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Leonardo da Vinci painting lost for centuries found in Swiss bank vault
Telegraph UK ^ | 3:32PM BST 04 Oct 2013 | Nick Squires By Nick Squires, Rome

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 d’Este, 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 ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Education; History
KEYWORDS: art; davinci; godsgravesglyphs; italy; renaissance

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.

1 posted on 10/04/2013 1:28:39 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Looks like a forgery.


2 posted on 10/04/2013 1:32:46 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Red Badger
in a private collection of 400 works kept in a Swiss bank by an Italian family who asked not to be identified.

That's a big collection.....Too bad they were stashed, art needs to be seen.

3 posted on 10/04/2013 1:33:37 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Ms. Muffett suffered from arachnophobia)
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To: Red Badger
That Leonardo guy sure could draw.
Don't know about that "lost" painting though.
4 posted on 10/04/2013 1:38:45 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: Hot Tabasco

Some people invest in gold. Some in art.


5 posted on 10/04/2013 1:41:32 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Red Badger
Wait until they find his sketches of the Turin Shroud.

:-) :-)

6 posted on 10/04/2013 1:45:24 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Argus

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.


7 posted on 10/04/2013 1:46:11 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: tbw2

And the smart ones know that in a real crisis gold and art will be worthless.


8 posted on 10/04/2013 1:51:47 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: Red Badger

She has one hell of a trigger finger!


9 posted on 10/04/2013 1:52:18 PM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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To: higgmeister

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.


10 posted on 10/04/2013 1:55:09 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Argus

Which one?.................


11 posted on 10/04/2013 1:59:08 PM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: Argus
If it’s a Leonardo, he really dashed it off, but I doubt it.

Needed some quick cash for his inventions research...............

12 posted on 10/04/2013 2:01:00 PM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: higgmeister

Maybe it was Fernando Da Vinci....................


13 posted on 10/04/2013 2:02:25 PM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: Red Badger

Not a very appealing painting.


14 posted on 10/04/2013 2:04:30 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

I’d be glad to take it................


15 posted on 10/04/2013 2:20:20 PM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: Red Badger

Yeah me too! I’d sell it as soon as I found a buyer.


16 posted on 10/04/2013 2:28:56 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Red Badger

I prefer Leo's Elvis on Velvet.

17 posted on 10/04/2013 5:09:57 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: higgmeister
If it is a DaVinci, it should be easy enough to authenticate with the index of finger and hand prints from known DaVinci works. It's been done for other questioned paintings.

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.

18 posted on 10/04/2013 5:20:57 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Red Badger

If this is Da Vinci which I highly doubt not one of his best works by far.


19 posted on 10/04/2013 5:44:28 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: higgmeister; Argus

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.


20 posted on 10/05/2013 2:37:24 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (FUBO, and the useful idiots you rode in on!)
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To: Red Badger; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

Thanks Red Badger.

21 posted on 10/05/2013 4:40:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

happiness is a warm gun

and they keep their value over the years if cared for.


22 posted on 10/05/2013 4:42:43 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Don’t know much about art, but I think the painting is ugly.


23 posted on 10/05/2013 4:56:19 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: higgmeister

The sketch is, IMHO, superior in one respect.
She has far more character and personality, especially the face.


24 posted on 10/05/2013 6:07:50 PM PDT by djf (Global warming is turning out to be a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: Red Badger

To One and All:

Please read the article before engaging in ill-informed speculation. After reading it, feel free to indulge ;)


25 posted on 10/06/2013 4:06:48 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Found in a bank vault?

Hardly “lost”!


26 posted on 10/06/2013 7:16:11 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Red Badger
Back in those days, you really had a lot of time to dedicate to your craft. People don't draw and paint like da Vinci anymore and nobody writes cantatas like Johann Sebastian Bach.

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.

27 posted on 10/06/2013 7:21:50 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Huh! I would think Elvis would have had a lute strung around him. Other than that it looks realistic.


28 posted on 10/06/2013 7:23:37 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: Red Badger

“I’m smart! I can do things!”


29 posted on 10/06/2013 7:25:45 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Red Badger; flaglady47; mickie; pax_et_bonum
Remarkably, the writer lazily does not elaborate on his statement that "the painting was found in a private collection of 400 works kept in a Swiss bank vault by an Italian family who asked not to be identified."

"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.

Leni

30 posted on 10/06/2013 7:55:30 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Red Badger

Looks like a bad postage stamp.


31 posted on 10/06/2013 12:29:42 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: Bigg Red; BenLurkin; Lonesome in Massachussets

Da Vinci was on no sleep, so, can’t fault him for not finishing the work. ;’)


32 posted on 10/12/2013 10:33:31 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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