A drawing owned by a French physician is thought to be a misplaced wreak by Leonardo da Vinci it bears all the hallmarks of one of record greatest inventive minds
Miracles do exist. Public walk into auction rooms with an age-old fragment of skill that has been in the attic for centuries and it turns out to be a masterpiece. It has just happened, apparently.
A drawing of Saint Sebastian that a French physician brought to the Paris auction house Tajan is now recalled to be a misplaced employment by Leonardo da Vinci. The auctioneer has the backing of Carmen C Bambach of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, one of the worlds most astute curators of Leonardo, in making such shocking assertion. If they are right, this is an amazing find a new drag by one of the greatest geniuses in history. So are they?
All too many shocking artistic breakthroughs turn out to be wishful thinking or worse. The recent supposed discover of a cache of misplaced drawings by Vincent van Gogh elicited a perceptive eviction by the Van Gogh Museum and justified ridicule. The claim the beginning of this year that a cover met near Toulouse is an original occupation by Caravaggio is controversial to say the least. Leonardo is no stranger to disputed authentications. A likenes known as La Bella Principessa has been put forward as an original Leonardo by the British art historian Martin Kemp. It is however widely spurned as nothing of the kind.
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