Authenticity has been confirmed for a rare and thought lost Leonardo da Vinci Painting that was recently located in a Swiss Bank Vault
Researchers in Italy claim to have unearthed the portrait of a noblewoman by Leonardo da Vinci which has been lost for about 500 years and features the same enigmatic smile as the Artist's Mona Lisa.
The portrait of Isabella d'Este, which carbon dating suggests was painted around the start of the 16th century, has been found in a vault in a private collection in Switzerland, and has been verified by a leading authority on the renaissance polymath.
The 20 x 16 inch portrait uses the same pigment and primer Leonardo used in the Mona Lisa, and is thought to be the completed version of a sketch he made of D'Este, which, like the Mona Lisa, hangs in the Louvre Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.
The unnamed family which owns the portrait, and asked for it to be analysed, has kept a collection of about 400 paintings in Turgi since the start of the 20th century, according to the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
Via Joseph K. Levene