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  • ART APPECIATION THREAD Is this the Da Vinci Clue? (Vasari fresco holds mystery)

    06/21/2005 3:11:06 PM PDT · by Liz · 16 replies · 1,603+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Tuesday, June 21, 2005 | ARIEL DAVID
    Maybe Vasari fresco refers to presence of greater art behind it ROME -- "Cerca trova" ("Seek and you shall find") is the tantalizing 5-century-old message painted on a fresco in the council hall of Florence's Palazzo Vecchio. Researchers now believe these cryptic words could be a clue to the location of a long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting and are pressing local authorities to allow them to search for the masterpiece of Renaissance art. Maurizio Seracini, an Italian art researcher, first noticed the message during a survey of the hall 30 years ago, but his team lacked the technology then to...
  • On the trail of the lost Leonardo

    05/16/2006 10:40:00 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 13 replies · 635+ views
    The Times Online UK ^ | 5/16/06 | Mark Irving
    Forget the Da Vinci Code. Dr Seracini thinks he's cracked art's biggest mystery Step by patient step, one man is drawing ever closer to the real Da Vinci mystery: tracking down the master’s greatest painting, lost for four and a half centuries. And it is hidden, he believes, in a room at the heart of political power since the Middle Ages in Florence. For art historians, finding Leonardo’s lost Battle of Anghiari is in the same league as finding the Titanic or the still lost tomb of the Ancient Egyptian architect Imhotep — as big as you can get. The...
  • The Anatomy Drawings of Leonardo, Now Available Online

    04/17/2016 3:11:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 17, 2016 | Daniel R. Esparza
    Maybe this is yet another reason to say “God save the Queen”: dozens of Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomy drawings, so far reserved for those who visited Buckingham Palace, have been carefully digitalized and made available for you, lucky internaut. But besides this collection of the beautiful, intricate and detailed drawings and sketches of the Italian Renaissance master, along with his notes and observations, the Royal Collection Trust has also launched an iPad application that compiles the whole 268 pages of the da Vinci notebooks. This is no coloring book, but you might enjoy trying to copy some of these! 
  • Jihad in Los Angeles?

    05/28/2015 7:36:00 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 27 May 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    Jihad in Los Angeles? The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has arrested a suspect, Dawud Abdulwali, 56, on arson charges connected with the massive downtown fire last December that consumed the Da Vinci apartment complex. The Los Angeles Times reports that Abdulwali was arrested Tuesday morning during a traffic stop, and after a lengthy investigation. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the arrest Wednesday, saying: “This arrest illustrates that crime will not be tolerated in Los Angeles.” Abdulwadi’s alleged motive has not been revealed. He was arrested by the LAPD’s anti-terrorism unit, though officials say that there is no reason to suspect...
  • Man Arrested in Connection With Massive Fire at Unfinished Apartment Complex in Downtown L.A

    05/27/2015 6:07:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    ktla ^ | John A. Moreno,
    Dawud Abdulwali was taken into custody Tuesday by members of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Los Angeles Fire Department, LAPD Officer Tony Im confirmed to KTLA. Abdulwali was arrested at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and was booked less than two hours later at the LAPD’s 77th Street station, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department online inmate records. No other details of the arrest were immediately available. The suspect’s bail was set at $1,036,925, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Officials from the arresting agencies and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office...
  • 'Lost' Leonardo da Vinci painting seized by Italy

    02/12/2015 8:23:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | February 10, 2015 | Nick Squires
    A long-lost painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci was confiscated from a bank vault in Switzerland after Italian police said it had been exported illegally and was in danger of being sold for up to Ł90 million. Swiss police, acting on a request by their Italian counterparts, seized the portrait of Isabella d’Este, a Renaissance noblewoman, from a private bank vault in Lugano on Tuesday. After being lost for centuries, the painting was rediscovered in 2013 in a collection of 400 artworks kept in a Swiss vault. The authorities then were alerted to the existence of the painting, but it...
  • Mona Lisa's Skeleton Found?

    07/22/2012 1:11:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Wed Jul 18, 2012 01:01 PM ET | Rossella Lorenzi
    Archaeologists say they have found a complete skeleton buried beneath the floor of an abandoned nunnery in Florence, Italy, which might belong to Lisa Gherardini, the woman believed to have inspired Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The bones were found beneath the remains of an altar in the church of the now derelict Convent of St. Orsola. "That altar was certainly in use at Lisa Gherardini's time," said Valeria D'Aquino, an archaeologist at the Tuscan Superintendency
  • Mona Lisa’s ‘twin sister’ discovered in Spain’s Prado art museum

    02/02/2012 3:36:53 AM PST · by Daffynition · 81 replies
    TorontoStar.com ^ | Feb 01 2012 | Sinikka Tarvainen
    MADRID—Spain’s Prado art museum said Wednesday it had discovered an unusual copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s “La Gioconda,” painted by one of the master’s pupils at the same time that the original was being completed. The copy had been on display at the Madrid art museum for years without experts being aware of its importance. A routine restoration led experts to discover that the dark background behind the female figure popularly known as Mona Lisa had been added afterward and that it covered an Italian landscape similar to that in da Vinci’s original.
  • Professor discovers hidden literary references in the Mona Lisa

    01/06/2011 12:40:58 PM PST · by decimon · 22 replies
    Queen's University ^ | January 6, 2011 | Unknown
    Queen’s University Classics professor emeritus Ross Kilpatrick believes the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, incorporates images inspired by the Roman poet Horace and Florentine poet Petrarch. The technique of taking a passage from literature and incorporating it into a work of art is known as ‘invention’ and was used by many Renaissance artists. “The composition of the Mona Lisa is striking. Why does Leonardo have an attractive woman sitting on a balcony, while in the background there is an entirely different world that is vast and barren?” says Dr. Kilpatrick. “What is the artist trying to say?”
  • Is Mona Lisa too fat?

    02/13/2010 6:48:53 PM PST · by Big Bureaucracy · 27 replies · 863+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | February 13th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    BBC reports that Dr. Vito Franco from Palermo University believes that Mona Lisa has a build-up of fatty acids under the skin of her eyes. That is supposed to be a sign of high cholesterol. The news is so absurd I decided to join the fray and come up with few matching thoughts of nonsense.... There was no McDonald’s back in the 1507 when Lisa Del Gioconda posed for Leonardo. I wonder what Mona Lisa’s diet was back then. What we know for sure is that Mrs. Gioconda did not eat French fries because the potatoes were imported from the...
  • "Mona Lisa" comes to life in high-tech art exhibit

    08/27/2009 5:07:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 443+ views
    .reuters ^ | Aug 27, 2009 | Hanna Rantala
    For centuries, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" and her enigmatic smile have inspired as much speculation as admiration. Now she's ready to answer questions -- in Mandarin. A digital, interactive version of the renowned 16th century painting is one of 61 high-tech replicas breathing life into classical and ancient art works in the "World Classic Interactive Arts Exhibition" which opened in Beijing last week.
  • Yet Another Mona Lisa Video Released

    04/20/2009 9:35:29 AM PDT · by Selkirk · 1 replies · 391+ views
    Political Castaway ^ | 4/20/2009 | Selkirk
    Words cannot describe how powerful this video is, just as its pedecessors have been. Live Action, as part of its Mona Lisa Project, have now visited Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana, Arizona, California, and Tennessee. The story remains the same: young teenage girl, pregnant by her much-older boyfriend seeks help at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Clinic ignores the story and instructs her on how to obtain an abortion, often by lying to a judge (to avoid parental consent) or by crossing state lines (to take advantage of more liberal abortion access laws). By doing so, these clinics are repeatedly violating...
  • High resolution image hints at 'Mona Lisa's' eyebrows

    10/18/2007 7:45:46 AM PDT · by Goodness · 18 replies · 127+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/18/07 | CNN/uncredited
    SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) -- The "Mona Lisa" has long been shrouded in mystery, including one long-standing question about the famous lady: What happened to her eyebrows and eyelashes? Now, a French engineer and inventor says he's uncovered part of the enigma.
  • Mona Lisa Grave Found, Claims Scholar

    01/20/2007 6:40:37 AM PST · by mathprof · 2 replies · 466+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 1/19/07 | Rossella Lorenzi
    The woman behind Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa painting may be buried near a now derelict building in the heart of Florence, according to archival documents. The exact location of Mona Lisa's burial site, the convent of Sant'Orsola, was just a about 900 feet away from the house of the artist's father, according to the historian, Giuseppe Pallanti. "The mystery of Mona Lisa's identity is over. My study shows that she did exist indeed," Pallanti told Florence's daily La Nazione. he author of two books on the Mona Lisa, Pallanti has identified her as Lisa Gherardini, the wife of the...
  • Scan hints Mona Lisa pregnant for pose (was La Joconde pregnant?)

    09/27/2006 11:37:35 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 91 replies · 2,091+ views
    Researchers using three-dimensional technology to study the "Mona Lisa" say the woman depicted in Leonardo da Vinci's 16th century masterpiece was either pregnant or had recently given birth when she sat for the painting. ADVERTISEMENT That was one of many discoveries found by French and Canadian researchers during one of the most extensive physical examinations ever carried out on the artwork. "Thanks to laser scanning, we were able to uncover the very fine gauze veil Mona Lisa was wearing on her dress. This was something typical for either soon-to-be or new mothers at the time," Michel Menu, research director of...
  • Riddle of Mona Lisa is finally solved: she was the mother of five

    08/03/2006 6:17:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 410+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 1/08/2004 | Bruce Johnston
    After four centuries in which historians have debated the identity of the artist's subject - with theories ranging from his mother to a Florentine prostitute - new research has supported the claim first made in 1550: that she was Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy silk merchant.
  • Mona Lisa Smiles From New Louvre Digs

    04/06/2005 1:48:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 515+ views
    Stuff (New Zealand) ^ | 06 April 2005
    PARIS: Four years and almost 5 million euros later, Leonard da Vinci's Mona Lisa has moved into spacious new digs at the Louvre Museum in Paris but her famous smile remains as enigmatic as ever. From Wednesday, visitors will find the 500-year-old painting in the Salle des Etats, a large gallery that served as a parliamentary debating chamber until 1870 and which has undergone a 4.8 million euro makeover since 2001. Peruvian architect Lorenzo Piqueras said he wanted to make it easier for six million annual visitors to find what is arguably the world's most celebrated smile, and to prevent...
  • Mona Lisa painting 'contains hidden code'

    12/12/2010 10:14:30 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 70 replies · 2+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/12/2010 | Nick Pisa, Rome
    Art historians are probing a real life Da Vinci Code style mystery after discovering tiny numbers and letters painted into the eyes of the artist's enigmatic Mona Lisa painting. The numbers and letters are not visible to the human eye but have to be viewed under a microscope Leonardo Da Vinci's 500-year-old Renaissance masterpiece has long been steeped in mystery, and even today the true identity of the woman with the alluring smile still far from certain. Now members of Italy's National Committee for Cultural Heritage have revealed that by magnifying high resolution images of the Mona Lisa's eyes letters...
  • Is Da Vinci's Mona Lisa a Self-Portrait? Some say...{It} May Be a Self-Portrait... in Drag

    01/27/2010 5:15:52 AM PST · by drpix · 24 replies · 1,152+ views
    abcnews.com ^ | 1/26/10 | NICK WATT and AMMU KANNAMPILLY
    Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is arguably the most famous portrait in the world, but now some are speculating that the woman with the inscrutable smile may not be a woman after all. They are suggesting that the Mona Lisa may be a self-portrait, da Vinci in drag. -more-
  • Nude, Mona Lisa-like painting surfaces

    06/12/2009 4:52:22 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 58 replies · 3,811+ views
    Discovery ^ | JUne 12, 2009 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Leonardo da Vinci, in a Renaissance version of Mad Magazine, may have painted his famous Mona Lisa in a number of ways, including nude. Now, a painting has surfaced that looks much like the original, sparking debate over just how far the master took his iconic painting. The newly revealed painting, hidden for almost a century within the wood wall of a private library, shows a portrait of a half-naked woman with clear links to the famous (and clothed) Mona Lisa. The work, which documents suggest was at least based on never-seen similar work by da Vinci, is now on...
  • Scientists to unveil secrets of Mona Lisa

    09/25/2006 4:27:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 47 replies · 2,491+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/25/06 | Reuters
    PARIS (Reuters) - Scientists are due to unveil some of the secrets behind Western art's most enigmatic smile this week, when they present the findings of the most extensive three dimensional scan ever undertaken on the Mona Lisa. Leonardo da Vinci's 16th century masterpiece, perhaps the world's most famous painting, is considered a milestone in the art of portraiture and an icon of European culture. A comprehensive examination of the work, painted at some time around 1503-06, was undertaken in 2004, using special 3D technology developed by scientists from Canada's National Research Council (NRC). The scientists scanned the picture on...
  • Louvre: The Mona Lisa Is Deteriorating

    04/26/2004 10:21:27 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 111 replies · 455+ views
    AP ^ | April 26, 2004
    The Mona Lisa (search), Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece of a mysterious woman with a slight smile, is deteriorating, and the Louvre Museum (search) said Monday it will conduct an in-depth technical study to determine why. The thin panel of poplar wood that the work is painted on has become deformed since conservation experts last evaluated the painting, the Louvre said in a written statement. It did not say when the last evaluation was. The Louvre said the condition of the Mona Lisa was causing "some worry" and that a new study on the state of the work has been launched....
  • BBC Imagine Who's Afraid of Machiavelli

    03/25/2014 5:51:30 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 11 replies
    BBC via Youtube ^ | Mar 25, 2014 | BBC
    With performances from Peter Capaldi, imagine. marks the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's notorious book The Prince. Imagine Who's Afraid of Machiavell. This video has been recorded at the international conference on 'Machiavelli's The Prince: Five Centuries of History, Conflict, and Politics' at Brunel Unive. Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Nicolo Machiavelli's seminal work The Prince The BBC's Tim Wilcox discusses Machiavellian ideals vs modern Italian politics.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s viola organista debuts … 500 years after its design

    12/02/2013 9:57:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/01/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    It looks and plays like a piano, but it sounds like a string quartet — and it took 500 years before anyone built it. Leonardo da Vinci’s flight of fancy in designing a hammerless piano, called a “viola organista,” has come to life half a millenium after da Vinci designed it, thanks to a Polish concert pianist and musical engineer. It couldn’t have sounded any better in da Vinci’s head (via Brad Thor and Dan Gainor): A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years after it was dreamt up...
  • Listen To A Crazy Piano Invented By Leonardo Da Vinci

    11/23/2013 10:55:16 AM PST · by Dysart · 24 replies
    Leonardo da Vinci, in between doing stuff like painting the best-known piece of art in the world, apparently had time to sketch up a quick blueprint for an instrument: the "viola organista," a piano-violin hybrid that he never built. It looks just like a piano, and plays like one, too, but instead of the hammers that connect to strings and play notes, cranks wrapped with horse-hair like violin bows rub the strings. The resulting sound is familiar but strange, something like a church organ that's just a little on the tipsy side.
  • Viola organista made by Slawomir Zubrzycki [a la Leonardo da Vinci]

    11/20/2013 3:29:03 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 14, 2013 | Sławomir Zubrzycki
  • Leonardo da Vinci painting lost for centuries found in Swiss bank vault

    10/04/2013 1:28:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3:32PM BST 04 Oct 2013 | Nick Squires By Nick Squires, Rome
    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...
  • Mona Lisa's Skeleton? Scientists Perform DNA Testing, Digital Reconstruction On Da Vinci's Neighbor

    08/09/2013 11:54:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Headlines and Global News ^ | 08/09/2013 | By Rebekah Marcarelli
    Researchers may have found the "Mona Lisa" model's skeleton. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons) Scientists are on a mission to find the model for the "Mona Lisa," they plan to dig up centuries-old graves and digitally reconstruct the face of a choice skeleton. Experts believe the model for the famous "Mona Lisa" painting was Leonardo da Vinci's neighbor, Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo, ANSA reported. Several skeletons found in a Florence convent last year could be the remains of the model. Experts plan to identify the most likely candidate and compare the DNA with a body believed to be her son. "Right...
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s Groundbreaking Drawings of the Unborn

    01/28/2013 2:59:58 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    First Things ^ | January 28, 2013 | Matthew Schmitz
    Between 15010 and 1512, Leonardo da Vinci drew the human fetus with startling and unprecedented accuracy.According to Arizona State Univeristy’s Embryo Project Encyclopedia, Leonardo is regarded as “the very first in history to correctly depict the human fetus in its proper position within the womb. He was also the first to expertly draw the uterine artery and the vascular system of the cervix and vagina.”Scientific advances, beginning with Leonardo and culminating in the ultrasound, have played no small part in helping us recognize the fetus’ human face. These chalk and ink images, then, should be seen as a minor milestone...
  • Younger, happier Mona Lisa painted 10 years earlier, experts believe

    10/01/2012 5:51:27 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 54 replies
    Discovery News via FoxNews ^ | September 27, 2012 | Discovery News
    Leonardo da Vinci painted a younger and happier Mona Lisa some 10 years before painting the famous painting, art experts are claiming. Slightly larger in size than the famous portrait,‭ ‬which now hangs in the Louvre in Paris,‭ ‬the painting features‭ ‬a darker tonality,‭ ‬a different and unfinished background framed by two columns,‭ ‬and‭ ‬shows a younger lady with a less enigmatic smile. Known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa,‭ ‬the artwork will be unveiled in Geneva on Thursday by the Mona Lisa Foundation,‭ ‬a Zurich‭-based consortium which has‭ ‬kept the painting in a Swiss bank vault for‭ ‬40‭ ‬years....
  • Is This An Early 'Mona Lisa?'

    09/28/2012 7:03:40 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 8 replies
    wfae.org ^ | 28 Sept 2012 | Mark Memmot
    The Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation said today that it has evidence that a painting that first came to light in the late 1800s is an early "Mona Lisa" also done by Leonard Da Vinci. Known as the "Isleworth Mona Lisa," the painting is a "portrait of a young woman with an enigmatic smile" much like the famous work of art in The Louvre, as The Associated Press writes. The foundation, which was created for the specific purpose of researching the history of the "early Mona Lisa," says it believes the painting was created 11 or 12 years before the more...
  • Two Leonardos found in 'Last Supper'

    08/19/2012 6:32:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 53 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 18, 2012
    ROME, - A British art expert says two of the figures in Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper" are actually self-portraits of the artist. Ross King said this week that while not a lot is known about Da Vinci's physical appearance at the time he painted "The Last Supper," he is confident the noses on two of the apostles are a giveaway. King has concluded the long hair, beards and Greek noses on the two matched up with a portrait of the Italian master drawn years later. Greek noses and prominent hair, King said, were "rarities for an Italian...
  • Possible da Vinci painting found in Scottish farmhouse; could be worth $150 million

    08/07/2012 3:34:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Yahoo ^ | August 7, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Fiona McLaren, 59, had kept an old painting in her Scottish farmhouse for decades. She reportedly didn't think much of the painting, which had been given to her as a gift by her father. But after she finally decided to have the painting appraised, some experts are speculating that it may in fact be a 500-year-old painting by Leonardo da Vinci and potentially worth more than $150 million."I showed it to him [auctioneer Harry Robertson] and he was staggered, speechless save for a sigh of exclamation," said Ms. McLaren, according to The People.The Daily Mail says the painting may be...
  • Did Leonardo da Vinci Copy his Famous 'Vitruvian Man'?

    01/31/2012 11:28:21 AM PST · by presidio9 · 26 replies · 1+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 1/31/12 | Natalie Wolchover
    Leonardo da Vinci's drawing of a male figure perfectly inscribed in a circle and square, known as the "Vitruvian Man," illustrates what he believed to be a divine connection between the human form and the universe. Beloved for its beauty and symbolic power, it is one of the most famous images in the world. However, new research suggests that the work, which dates to 1490, may be a copy of an earlier drawing by Leonardo's friend. Another illustration of a divinely proportioned man — the subject is Christ-like, but the setting is strikingly similar to Leonardo's — has been discovered...
  • Artist Believes He's Found Secret Code in the Mona Lisa

    12/09/2011 2:33:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    News5 ^ | 12/9/2012
    A New York artist believes he's "cracked the code" of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" painting. Ron Piccirillo stated on his blog that the painting is an optical illusion with one painting hidden within another. He refers to a "secret that has been hiding for five hundred years" as he claims to have found a lion's head, an ape head and a buffalo head in the painting while turning it around. "I had first Googled this, but could not find anything on it," he stated. "How could something like this have gone unnoticed for five hundred years?" The key to...
  • The Last Supper – The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci

    10/24/2011 8:56:37 AM PDT · by sussex · 4 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 24/10/11 | The Aged P
    The Last Supper is one of the most famous of Leonardo’s pictures. Commissioned by da Vinci’s patron, Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, it was painted on a wall inside the convent of Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan in the 1490s. The Last Supper had always been a popular subject for devotional painting but Leonardo’s interpretation lifted the image to a higher plane in terms of art.
  • A New Theory for "Mona Lisa"

    02/02/2011 4:26:26 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 2 2011 | Mike Krumboltz
    For centuries, people have been speculating about who modeled for Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa." Was it Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine merchant? Was it Isabella of Aragon? Was it the artist himself, as some experts believe? Or was it, as new research suggests, none of the above? An Italian art historian, Silvano Vinceti, believes the model for the "Mona Lisa" was a man named Gian Giacomo Caprotti, better known as Salai, a male apprentice (and possible lover) of da Vinci...
  • Leonardo Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' reveals more secrets

    04/07/2010 1:00:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies · 1,692+ views
    EurekaAlert ^ | March 30, 2010
    Universite de Montreal researchers decode food served in legendary painting Montreal, March 30, 2010 – The Last Supper – relentlessly studied, scrutinized, satirized and one the world's most famous paintings – is still revealing secrets. Researchers Olivier Bauer, Nancy Labonté, Jonas Saint-Martin and Sébastien Fillion of the Université de Montréal Faculty of Theology have found new meaning to the food depicted by Leonardo Da Vinci's famous artwork. "We asked ourselves why Da Vinci chose those particular foods, because they don't correspond to what the Evangelists described," says Bauer. "Why bread, fish, salt, citrus and wine? Why is the saltshaker tipped...
  • Da Vinci ‘predicted world would end in 4006’ says Vatican researcher

    03/15/2010 4:15:52 PM PDT · by WinOne4TheGipper · 44 replies · 1,057+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 15, 2010 | Richard Owen
    A date for your diary: Leonardo da Vinci predicted that the world would end on November 1, 4006, according to a Vatican researcher. Sabrina Sforza Galitzia said the clues were to be found in da Vinci’s Last Supper mural. The central half-moon window, or lunette, above his painting of Christ with his disciples before the Crucifixion contains a “mathematical and astrological” puzzle which she has deciphered, she said. She claimed to have worked out that da Vinci foresaw the end of the world in a “universal flood” which would begin on March 21, 4006 and end on November 1 the...
  • Fr. George Rutler: Copernicus greater than Leonardo da Vinci and...

    10/26/2009 3:48:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 606+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | October 26, 2009 | Carl Olson
    ... Galileo, both of whom, of course, are more famous—at least in popular culture—than the Polish genius. From a recent column: Copernicus, son of a Polish father and German mother, was a priest and the temporary administrator of the diocese of Frauenburg. As a Renaissance man, he put Leonardo da Vinci in the shade, although painting seems to be the one art that did not claim him as a master. After studies in the universities of Krakow (where Pope John Paul II studied and taught), Bologna, Padua and Ferrara, he became a prominent jurist and mathematician and also practiced medicine...
  • Leonardo fingerprint reveals $150 million artwork

    10/15/2009 1:26:32 AM PDT · by bogusname · 7 replies · 624+ views
    npr ^ | October 14, 2009 | The Associated Press
    A portrait of a young woman thought to be created by a 19th century German artist and sold two years ago for about $19,000 is now being attributed by art experts to Leonardo da Vinci and valued at more than $150 million. The unsigned chalk, ink and pencil drawing, known as "La Bella Principessa," was matched to Leonardo via a technique more suited to a crime lab than an art studio — a fingerprint and palm print found on the 13 1/2-inch-by-10-inch work. Peter Paul Biro, a Montreal-based forensic art expert, said the print of an index or middle finger...
  • Fingerprint points to $19,000 portrait being revalued as Ł100m work by Leonardo da Vinci

    10/13/2009 1:57:21 AM PDT · by Stoat · 20 replies · 2,083+ views
    Antiques Trade Gazette ^ | October 12, 2009 | Simon Hewitt
    Art Market Fingerprint points to $19,000 portrait being revalued as Ł100m work by Leonardo da Vinci 12 October 2009   ATG correspondent SIMON HEWITT gains exclusive access to the evidence used to unveil what the world’s leading scholars say is the the first major Leonardo Da Vinci find for 100 years.   New scientific techniques have uncovered evidence that this picture is a previously unrecognised work by Leonardo da Vinci.  Is this 13 x 9in (33 x 24cm) portrait, in chalk, pen and ink on vellum, mounted on an oak board, a long-lost work by Leonardo da Vinci? That...
  • A High-Tech Hunt for Lost Art

    10/06/2009 6:22:58 PM PDT · by BGHater · 9 replies · 780+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 06 Oct 2009 | JOHN TIERNEY
    If you believe, as Maurizio Seracini does, that Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest painting is hidden inside a wall in Florence’s city hall, then there are two essential techniques for finding it. As usual, Leonardo anticipated both of them. First, concentrate on scientific gadgetry. After spotting what seemed to be a clue to Leonardo’s painting left by another 16th-century artist, Dr. Seracini led an international team of scientists in mapping every millimeter of the wall and surrounding room with lasers, radar, ultraviolet light and infrared cameras. Once they identified the likely hiding place, they developed devices to detect the painting by...
  • Booksellers hope for lucky 'Symbol'

    09/14/2009 12:09:09 AM PDT · by Saije · 4 replies · 443+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/14/2009 | Connie Ogle
    The real mystery surrounding Dan Brown's sequel to The Da Vinci Code doesn't involve Catholic cults or revisionist Christianity. It's whether the return of Robert Langdon can help publishers drag themselves up from one of the lower circles of economic hell. The Lost Symbol goes on sale Tuesday, six years after The Da Vinci Code sold 80 million copies in 51 languages, and booksellers and publishers are hoping its appearance will inspire Brown's fans to pick up a little something extra. Maybe the new Edward Kennedy memoir True Compass, which goes on sale Monday. ``We're hoping the book drives people...
  • 15 Da Vinci War Machines

    08/10/2009 9:25:17 AM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 1,634+ views
    The Toy Zone ^ | 30 July 2009 | TTZ
    The Great Leonardo Da Vinci designed many weapons, including giant crossbows, machine guns, siege towers, cluster bombs and even a precursor to the modern-day tank. 1. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Terminator Leonardo Da Vinci’s mechanical knight was not discovered until 1957, when Carlo Pedretti discovered it, hidden amongst Da Vinci’s countless designs. The mechanical knight, first sketched by DaVinci in 1495, was mentioned in 1974, in the Codex Madrid edited by Ladislao Reti, but there was no attempt to reconstruct it until 1996 when Mark Rosheim published an independent study of the robot, followed by a joint enterprise with the Florence...
  • Da Vinci artworks stored in a cave during WW II

    01/10/2009 5:50:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 1,308+ views
    Western Mail ^ | Jan 9 2009 | Sally Williams
    DRAWINGS by Leonardo da Vinci on show at a Welsh coastal town were previously stored there in a wartime “secret cave of masterpieces”, researchers have discovered. A travelling exhibition of 10 of the Italian genius’s works is currently on display at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. But workers delving into the institution’s archives last night revealed how the images once arrived in the town on the eve of World War II, along with other priceless masterpieces. Medi Jones-Jackson, communications officer for the library, said: “It’s been discovered that the works were originally here 70 years ago – evacuated from...
  • Video: Three near-invisible drawings discovered on back of Da Vinci masterpiece

    12/19/2008 12:52:51 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 1,449+ views
    timesonline ^ | December 19, 2008
    The mystery is set in the Louvre and the clues are hidden behind a 16th-century masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci. Remind you of anything? Lovers of Dan Brown novels will be salivating at the discovery of three previously unknown drawings on the back of one of Leonardo’s major works. A curator spotted the sketches on the back of The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne when it was taken down in September for restoration.
  • Real-Life 'DaVinci Code' Found on Back of Masterpiece

    12/18/2008 11:51:10 AM PST · by TaraP · 27 replies · 1,796+ views
    Fox News ^ | Dec 18th, 2008
    It is the discovery of three almost invisible drawings on the back of Leonardo da Vinci's Virgin and Child With Saint Anne in the Louvre museum in Paris that has the French art world screaming "Sacre bleu!" Reminiscent of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, the mysterious sketches were found by experts looking into restoring the sixteenth-century masterpiece. They were detected when a curator noticed that some of the gray marks behind Virgin and Child With Saint Anne resembled a horse's head. An infrared photo confirmed his suspicion and revealed two other sketches: a human skull and the infant Jesus with...
  • Is Battlestar Galactica being sacrilegious with this picture?

    03/28/2008 3:41:36 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 38 replies · 1,111+ views
    SCIFI.COM
    Is Battlestar Galactica being sacreligious with this picture? I myself say no, but I realize than some people get offended at just about anything!Source
  • Da Vinci's works on exhibit in Saxony

    03/09/2008 11:46:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 272+ views
    PressTV Iran ^ | Monday, March 10, 2008 | unattributed
    A Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition focusing on his fascination with machines opens in the Museum of Industry in the German city of Saxony. The exhibition which opened on Sunday includes more than 40 wooden models of his inventions, including Archimedes screws, lifting devices, pulleys and flywheels. The exhibition will be open until June 15. One of the advantages of this particular exhibition is that the visitors are permitted to touch many of the exhibits and try them out for themselves, DPA reported. Da Vinci was a superb painter as well as designer of buildings and machinery and produced studies on...