A newly discovered sketch of Christ may belong to Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci may be responsible for a newly found sketch that has been collecting dust for centuries, experts have revealed. The previously unknown red-chalk drawing which depicts Jesus Christ with a vacant Mona Lisa-like gaze was kept at a bank in Lombardy, Italy before it was recently uncovered. It remains unclear where artwork was previously stashed.
“It is a remarkably beautiful and refined work and I’m absolutely convinced it is a sketch by Leonardo,” Annalisa Di Maria, an Italian art historian who studied the sketch, told the UK’s Telegraph. Experts say the sketch was attributed to Da Vinci after testing the paper it was drawn on. It dates back to the 16th century when the renaissance artist sketched the Portrait of a Man in Red Chalk – an artwork in a similar style and medium.
Ms. Di Maria said there are “lots of elements” which allude to Da Vinci in the newly discovered sketch.” The posture of Christ is typical of Leonardo, who rarely drew figures front-on but from an angle,” she said.
“The rendering of the beard is practically identical to Leonardo’s self-portraits, as are the eyes.”And the painting is in red chalk, which the artist used a lot, including in the sketches for The Last Supper.”The sketch is now in the hands of two collectors in northern Italy and will be presented in Florence once Italy contains its spread of coronavirus.