Tag Archives: Da Vinci

Da Vinci Forgery is Authentic – Worth Millions

Art Historian and Oxford Professor Martin Kemp has officially declared his belief that “La Belle Principessa,” once believed to be a stunning da Vinci forgery, is in fact an original piece by the famed artist. The piece purchased in auction for a little over $20,000 may in fact be worth millions.

To learn more about the piece Kemp’s research, see the article on BBC News.

Nuclear Physicists on the Hunt for “Lost da Vinci” Painting

Preparatory Sketh for Battle of Anghiari

Nuclear physicists are actively hunting for Leonardo da Vinci’s famous lost painting, the “Battle of Anghiari.” The historical Battle of Anghiari took place in 1440 between Milan and the Republic of Florence. Leonardo was commissioned to record the historic event in 1504 by Nicollo Machiaveli for one of his Florentine patrons. The painting is referenced not only in legal papers (signed by the infamous statesman himself) as well as in Da Vinci’s own notebooks – including several preparatory sketches and studies.

Many scholars believe that the painting still exists hidden underneath later frescoes in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Physicists have developed a special camera capable of taking photographs through a five-foot thick wall in the hopes of identifying the painting without damaging the existing paintings.

To learn more about the investigation and development of this technology, see this article on FoxNews.


The Heist of the Mona Lisa (1911)

On August 21, 1911, Leondardo da Vinci’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre by Italian nationalist Vincenzo Peruggia. He reportedly committed the crime alone and stated that he intended to return the painting to Italy – a restoration of native goods. Peruggia was apparently unaware that Leonardo himself sold the painting to King Francois I.

However,t he case itself is one of the least understood and mysterious art heists in history. Peruggia reportedly walked into the Louvre, removed the painting fro a wall, wrapped it in clothe, and then walked out the door – all in plain view of the Security Guards (who reported that they assumed he was the Museum Photographer).

This month, Discovery News highlights the history of the heist and the man behind it in their article: “The Story Behind the Mona Lisa Heist.”