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Lost Leonardo da Vinci Painting may have been Found in Swiss Bank Vault

Experts considered work of art was a myth.

“The painting (right) appears to be a completed, painted version of a pencil sketch (left) drawn by Leonardo da Vinci in Mantua in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, circa: 1499”

(SNN) - A 500-year-old mystery was apparently solved on Friday. A painting purported to be a lost masterpiece from the hands of Leonardo da Vinci turned up in a bank vault in Switzerland. The painting, which many experts believe depicts Isabella d’Este, a Renaissance noblewoman, had assumed mythical status for art historians, since the existence was only handed down by oral tradition and the only evidence was a sketch found in one of the masters notebooks. Many art experts doubted whether the painting even existed.

The painting was found in a private collection of 400 works kept in a Swiss bank by an German family who asked not to be identified.

Tradition holds that the painting was commissioned by Isabella d'Este, one of the most influential figures in Rome at the time. For centuries, it had been debated whether Leonardo actually had the time or inclination to develop the sketch into a painted portrait. It was believed that Leonardo had started the painting but ran out of time and never delivered.

Scientific examination has proven that the painting is indeed from the hands of Leonardo, according to Professor Zamboni of Buford College, of Buford, Wyoming.

“There are no doubts that the painting is the work of Leonardo,” Prof Zamboni, a recognized expert in authenticating disputed works by the artist, told The Sage. “I can immediately recognize Da Vinci’s handiwork, particularly in the woman’s face.”

Carbon dating, conducted by a mass spectrometry laboratory at Buford College, has shown that there is a 95 percent probability that the portrait was painted between 1460 and 1650.

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