Catchlight:Leonardo…a fun guy

A little history, a little art, and a controversy! Reblogged from Catchlight.

Leonardo da Vinci’s La Bella Principessa (1495-96)

This portrait is generally referred to as La Bella Principessa. The appellation was given by art historian Martin Kemp, a leading authority on the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci. The sitter is thought to be Bianca Giovanna Sforza, an illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza (1452-1508). Some experts attribute the portrait to Leonardo da Vinci; others oppose the claim.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Too bad we can’t do a DNA analysis of the portrait’s subject to find out what family she was in. Maybe forensic scientists will yet come up with a technique to determine whether Leonardo was the painter.

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    1. I wonder if the painter’s own DNA would still be on the portrait?


      1. 🦋🌸My pleasure 👍 💙

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  2. Whom ever’s daughter she is, this portrait is gorgeous…just look at her hair. Thank you, Sunnyside, for filling my morning with history and mystery.

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    1. I just found a higher resolution image on wikipedia. That hair is amazing! I will visit this one again in a future post. 🙂

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      1. Wonderful! Please do. More intrigue!!

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  3. A beautiful portrait! I was unable to access the link provided. These days, it has become very trying to use WordPress.

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    1. Fixed! Thanks so much for letting me know, Rosaliene. 🙂

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      1. Thanks for fixing the link. What a fascinating mystery!

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  4. catchlight says:

    Thank you.

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