Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lost art piece by da Vinci has been discovered! Leonardo's fingerprint believed found on painting

A painting owned by Canadian art collector, Peter Silverman, may be the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Silverman bought the painting two years ago for just over $20,000, if accepted as a genuine art piece done by da Vinci, the value of it would be worth millions of dollars.

CBC reports:
Art experts say there is strong evidence the picture is by Leonardo da Vinci after finding a fingerprint on the Renaissance-era painting that matches another fingerprint found on his St Jerome in the Vatican. The fingerprint was found by Peter Paul Biro, a Montreal-based forensic art expert, through multispectral analysis, which detects images unseen by the naked eye, according to the Guardian newspaper. Carbon dating also suggests the painting dates from the late 1400s, when Leonardo would have been painting.

Art collector Peter Silverman consulted both Biro and Dr. Nicholas Turner, formerly the keeper of prints and drawings at the British Museum, as well as experts at Museo Ideale Leonardo Da Vinci in the artist's hometown of Vinci. That brought the painting to attention of international experts, including Martin Kemp, of Oxford University, who is writing a book about the painting. It will go on display at an exhibit in Sweden next year. READ MORE