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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

Nicola Barbatelli, a medieval historian, discovered a 24x17 damaged portrait of Leonardo da Vinci that experts have dated to the 16th century. Barbatelli said the painting could be a self-portrait, since the words “Pinxit Mea” are written on the back of the canvas in reverse, which was one of Leonardo's trademarks. The word Mea translates to "me", and Pinxit "was painted by".

3 Comments
  1. April 4, 2009 -

    Wow! I've been so busy with Duke stuff this week that I didn't have a chance to check out my favorite blogs a few days, and I didn't see this, Larry. I have to catch up on the NY Times, too--surely they'll have something on this! Fascinating. I love your sketch!

  2. Pat D
    April 5, 2009 -

    Another fascinating man of mystery...genius never goes away. Your sketch of him reflects some of that mystery. Nice, Larry. Pat

  3. Tina Marshall
    April 15, 2009 -

    Hello! Come visit Peterman's Eye and celebrate da Vinci's birthday... http://www.petermanseye.com/curiosities/news/642-davinci-day Cheers!