Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Scholar Casts Doubt on National Gallery’s Prized Leonardo Painting

 The Natinoal Gallery’s “Virgin of the Rocks,” attributed to Leonardo da Vinci (image via Wikimedia)

New research suggests that Leonardo da Vinci’s “Virgin of the Rocks” at the National Gallery — one of the British museum’s most prized possessions — might not be the work of the master after all, the Guardian reported.

In her new book Tweeting da Vinci, geologist and art historian Ann Pizzorousso argues that the painting couldn’t be the work of the scientifically faithful artist, because it contains inaccurately rendered flowers and unnatural rocks. “There is absolutely nothing in his body of work that is not true to nature,” she told the Guardian...


The Louvre’s “Virgin of the Rocks” by Leonardo da Vinci (image via Wikimedia) (click to enlarge)