Arts Everyday Living: Leonardo da Vinci’s Princess? Or Portrait by a Unknown Artist?

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LEONARDO DA VINCI’S PRINCESS?

OR PORTRAIT BY AN UNKNOWN ARTIST?

 

 

Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, La Bella Principessa,1495-1496, chalk, pen, ink, and wash tint on vellum, Private Collection

 I give the degrees of things seen by the eye as the musician does of the sounds heard by the ear.

Leonardo da Vinci, The Notebooks of Leonardo (MacCurdy, 1938)

Wouldn’t it be exciting to discover another Leonardo?  The authenticity of La Bella Principessa above (also referred to as Young Girl in Profile in Renaissance Dress and Portrait of a Young Fiancee) is still being debated by Leonardo specialists and art historians; in December, it was the subject of an episode of NOVA on PBS—“The Mystery of a Masterpiece.”

To draw your own conclusions, you might click:

Monday at the Art Museum: Leonardo’s Other Women

The above image is used solely for educational purposes and in the U.S. public domain.

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