Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Leonardo da Vinci picture 'worth millions' revealed by a fingerprint

Fingerprint points to $19,000 portrait being revalued as £100m work by Leonardo da Vinci
A Paris laboratory discovered that a fingerprint from the tip of an index or middle-finger, found on the top left of the picture, was "highly comparable" to one found on da Vinci's work St Jerome, which he painted early in his career when he did not have assistants, according to the Antiques Trade Gazette.

The infrared analysis also showed "significant" stylistic parallels with those in da Vinci's Portrait of a Woman in Profile in Windsor Castle.

The ink and chalk drawing was also made by a left-handed artist – as da Vinci was – while carbon dating was consistent with the Milanese fashion the girl was dressed in, from the late 15th century.

If verified as a genuine da Vinci it could be worth tens of millions of pounds.

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Via: Telegraph UK

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