The $20,000 painting bought at Christies two years ago is now worth more than $100 Million after the experts have declared it a genuine Leonardo da Vinci !
Timothy Clifford, the foremost specialist on Leonardo da Vinci wrote this in the Times of London:
"With Peter Silverman, I visited Pascal Cotte at Lumiere Technology who is
doing pioneering work using his unique multispectral scanner. He has
discovered that the tightly spaced follicles of the parchment would suggest
it is made from the skin of a lamb and that the drawn surface has undergone
a certain amount of abrasion and restoration that one would expect from a
drawing of a considerable age.
Using the scanner one could see more clearly than with the naked eye that the shading passed from the upper left to the lower right in Leonardo’s usual distinctive manner. A sliver of the parchment had been subjected to tests by the Institute of Particle Physics in Zurich, which dated it to the range 1440-1650.
After my visit, a fingerprint was found in the chalk that corresponds with
that appearing in a Leonardo painting of St Jerome. So, as far as technology
is concerned, the drawing seems to have a remarkably clean bill of health.
What is so exciting is that no drawings by Leonardo on parchment are known,
although we do know from the Codex Atlanticus that Leonardo was
interested in the technology of drawing, in color, on vellum." READ Full Article.
More than a year ago we had the privilege of publishing for the world this new painting, still uncertified, called Profile di Bella Principessa - Profile of the Beautiful Princess - courtesy of Jean Penicaut, CEO of Lumière Technologies. They relied on Zoomorama to show the world the full glory of the painting in 80Mpixels.View the Painting in HD here
Here are the news reports from around the world about this fantastic news that we had announced to you before anyone else ! View the news in FRENCH here. Go to Lumières Technologies web site for all the articles.