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Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa had thyroid problem, US researchers say

The Mona Lisa had thyroid problems that account for her yellow skin, thinning hair and a possible goitre on her neck, two US researchers say.

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The new room of Leonardo da Vinci at the Uffizi

FLORENCE, ITALY – After the arrangement of the new rooms dedicated to Caravaggio and the 17th-century painting, and the one devoted to Michelangelo and Raphael last month, a new room hosting Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings has been inaugurated on 9th July 2018 at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

According to Vasari, it was 1504 when young Raphael arrived in Florence in order to admire Leonardo’s and Michelangelo’s preparatory cartoons for the two famous Battles of Anghiari and Cascina respectively, which were to be frescoed in Palazzo Vecchio.

Hence it was an extraordinary and unique moment in history, when the three geniuses happened to meet together in the city of Florence. And, as it is, from today those three giants of the Renaissance can finally meet again and be admired in two new adjacent rooms on the second floor of the Uffizi.

As in the case of Michelangelo and Raphael, also Leonardo’s paintings are preserved in special climate-controlled cases saving the artworks from the humidity and heat produced by tourists’ flow. Besides their glasses are anti-glare too, which allows visitors to get so extremely close to the paintings to almost touch them.

On the left is the Baptism of Christ, executed for the Church of San Salvi in Florence in 1475/78, where young Leonardo collaborated with his master Andrea del Verrocchio realizing the angel in profile.

On the opposite wall is the Annunciation, from the Church of Monte Oliveto, where the angel is so real and alive to project his own shadow over the meadow in bloom while he is landing and closing his fans, apparently reproduced after studying real birds’ anatomy. On the background is a sea landscape with mountains, one of the most beautiful ever represented by the artist in his career.

In the centre is the recently restored Adoration of the Magi, commissioned by the Augustinians for their Church of San Donato a Scopeto and left unfinished when Leonardo had to move to Milan in 1482. Yet it is this very state that allows to follow Leonardo’s mind’s creative processes, in all his sketches, ideas, second thoughts and reconsiderations.

“The new arrangement – says Director Eike Schmidt – allows a slower and more thoughtful visit in which it is possible to compare and understand the stylistic development of young Leonardo. And it is also part of those necessary changes the museum is undergoing in order to be more informative, clear and comprehensible at large”.

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Da Vinci's Codex is set to return to Florence

Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester is set to return to Florence

Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester is set to return to Italy for the first time in over 20 years.

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Leonardo's Salvator Mundi

Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi sells for record $450m

Leonardo da Vinci’s depiction of Jesus entitled Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) has been sold for record $450 million (380 million euros) at Christie’s auction house in New York, making it the most expensive artwork ever.

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Leonardo's Adoration of the Magi unveiled

Leonardo’s Adoration of the Magi unveiled

FLORENCE, ITALY – The unfinished Leonardo’s Adoration of the Magi has emerged from a six-year restoration cleaner and brighter. It was unveiled at the Florence’s Uffizi Gallery by the museum’s director Eike Schmidt on Monday March 27, 2017.

The restoration was carried out by a team at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, a research and conservation institute of the Italian culture ministry directed by Marco Ciatti.

The large, nearly square oil painting returned to its home for a special exhibit starting Tuesday and running through September.

The Adoration of the Magi is an early painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo was given the commission by the Augustinian monks of San Donato a Scopeto in Florence, but departed for Milan the following year, leaving the painting unfinished. It has been in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence since 1670.

In the Leonardo’s Adoration of the Magi, the Virgin Mary and Child are depicted in the foreground and form a triangular shape with the Magi kneeling in adoration. Behind them is a semicircle of accompanying figures, including what may be a self-portrait of the young Leonardo (on the far right). In the background on the left is the ruin of a pagan building, on which workmen can be seen, apparently repairing it. On the right are men on horseback fighting, and a sketch of a rocky landscape.

Owing to the painting’s unfinished status in 1481, the commission was handed over to Filippino Lippi, who painted another Adoration of the Magi, completed in 1496, in substitution of the one commissioned to Leonardo. It is housed in the Uffizi of Florence.

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Leonardo Da Vinci's Virgin of the Rocks

Dog found behind Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks

Leonardo da Vinci painted a undiscovered dog into the background of one of his most iconic masterpieces to subtly condemn the corrupt papacy of his time, the Italian expert Silvano Vinceti said Thursday March 2, 2017.

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Leonardo Da Vinci's The Adoration of the Magi

The comeback of The Adoration of the Magi

The Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece The Adoration of the Magi will be displayed at the Florence’s Uffizi Gallery at Easter 2017, director Eike Schmidt told ANSA.

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The Italian Embassy in Paris

Leonardo’s exhibit at Italian Embassy in Paris

An exhibit at the Italian embassy in Paris is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the arrival in France of Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci.

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Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man

Experts on the hunt for Leonardo Da Vinci’s DNA

A new step are about to take to discoverthe complete genetic profile of Leonardo Da Vinci.

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Franco Zeffirelli

Director Zeffirelli related with Da Vinci family

Among the Leonardo Da Vinci’s 35 living relatives found a painter, an engineer, and a Oscar nominee, Franco Zeffirelli, an Italian research revealed.

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