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article imageNewly-discovered painting 'proven to be Leonardo da Vinci's'

By Anne Sewell     Oct 4, 2013 in Entertainment
A painting belonging to an Italian family was hidden away in the vault of a Swiss bank. It has now been authenticated as being the work of Leonardo da Vinci.
According to the Italian Sette magazine, a newly-discovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) of Renaissance noblewoman Isabella d'Este has been found and reliably authenticated with carbon dating.
The magazine reported that the portrait was believed to have either been lost, or possibly to have never been painted, but was being kept in the vault of a Swiss bank by an Italian family all this time.
The painting measures 61 by 46.5 centimeters (24 by 18 inches) and is a portrait in profile of Isabella d' Este, the prominent Italian marquess, who was a patron of the arts.
According to Corriere della Sera (Italian language), the painting depicts d' Este, "decked out like Saint Catherine of Alexandria."
Sette magazine (which belongs to Corriere della Sera) calls it "a faithful transposition of the famous sketch hanging in the Louvre." An image of the original sketch is included above left.
"This is a sensational discovery although it is still short of confirmations," the magazine reported.
Carlo Pedretti, a world expert on the work of da Vinci, told Setta magazine: "I can immediately recognize Da Vinci's handiwork, particularly in the woman's face."
Up until now, only about 15 works have been reliably attributed to da Vinci, including the famous "Mona Lisa."
A small image of the painting can be viewed here.
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