A Leonardesco Portrait of a Woman published as an authentic Leonardo

Attributed to Leonardo
da Vinci
Portrait of a Young Woman
Red, black and white chalk on
velum - 23.9 x 33.3 cm
private collection
Photo : Lumière Technology

21/6/08 — Discovery — Leonardo da Vinci (?) — Next 5 July, Alessandro Vezzosi is publishing a work entitled Leonardo infinito in which he ascribes the Portrait of a Woman on parchment, held in a private Swiss collection, to Leonardo. The attribution is supported—although cautiously—notably by Nicholas Turner (who first suggested it), Carlo Pedretti and Mina Gregori.

Anything dealing with Leonardo should be considered carefully. Over the last few centuries, many works have been attributed to Leonardo and time has not proved all of them to be right. The information is, however, worth noting due to the names of the art historians behind the attribution, among them some of the most renowned specialists on Leonardo [1] or on Italian painting. Everyone can judge for himself thanks to the multispectral digitized technology provided by the company Lumière Technology and available on its website on the case [2]. This is the first time that a study of this kind is available online and will enable anyone not yet familiar with this revolutionary procedure, which we have talked about here several times already [3], to discover it.

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Didier Rykner, dimanche 22 juin 2008


[1] Nevertheless, let us point out that Carlo Pedretti has also authored some very debatable attributions, including those for two works recently exhibited in Brussels : a third version of the Virgin of the Rocks and a Mary Magadalene.

[2] Click on the picture at bottom right labelled “zoomorama”. Thanks to the small icon above the picture to the right a full screen image will appear. Then navigate using the (barely visible) arrows on the left and right hand sides.

[3] See articles of 22/9/07, 15/11/07 and 22/6/08

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