Lost Leonardo Da Vinci Painting Worth 100 Million May Have Been Found
Old 08-08-2012, 05:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A lost painting by Leonardo da Vinci may have been found in a Scottish farmhouse, reported The Daily Mail. The work, thought to be a 500-year-old portait of Madonna and child, is potentially worth over $150 million (100 million) if experts are able to prove its authenticity.

The lucky owners of the painting are members of the McLaren family, who acquired the possible da Vinci when it was given to them as a gift in the 1960s. Originally bestowed upon George McLaren, it was later handed down to his wife and eventually his daughter, Fiona. But it wasn't until Fiona and her mother were faced with financial difficulties that they decided to look into the painting's value.

It was first brought to auctioneer Harry Robertson, an expert at Sotheby's who assessed the work as a possible da Vinci. "I showed it to [Mr Robertson] and he was staggered, speechless save for a sigh of exclamation," she said, according to People (UK). The painting has since been viewed by a number of other specialists who have reiterated Robertson's sentiments, such as former Antiques Roadshow presenter Sebastian Times, an ex-director at Christie's in Scotland. Other experts, like Professor Carlo Pedretti of the University of California, believe that the painting is at the very least a work of the da Vinci school, possible created by one of his pupils.

There are a number of telltale signs in the McLaren family heirloom that point to da Vinci. For example, aspects of the figures' hairlines, shoulders and toes bear significant resemblance to other da Vinci characters and a fleur-de-lys hidden within the portrait is another typical detail oh his work. More concretely, experts have noted that the woman in the portrait is an exact match of a traced figure in the "Last Supper," which also bears resemblance to "Madonna of the Rocks." The work is also accompanied by a papal bull, an order from the pope that is attached to the back of the painting. It has been confirmed as belonging to Pope Paul V -- the head of the Catholic Church in the early 17th century.
The lost da Vinci: Is this painting found in Scottish farmhouse one of master's lost works? | Mail Online
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i love Da Vinci's work (have his Vitruvian Man painted on my scooter) so i find this story fascinating...thanks for posting
i'm not convinced it's his work though...seems more likely that he had a hand in the painting as the article suggests
when you place it next to his Virgin of The Rocks or his St Anne (and St Anne cartoon) it just doesn't match up in style (the Christ child's face in particular)...i'm no expert obviously

i'll be very interested to see where this goes

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Speaking of painting, where can I get this? I want to put this over my bed.

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Old 08-09-2012, 05:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Speaking of painting, where can I get this? I want to put this over my bed.

http://www.allposters.ca/-sp/The-Mir..._i1586737_.htm
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