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Italy and France to loan works by Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, deal to be signed today

After two years of going back and forth, it seems Italy and France have finally reached an agreement concerning the loans of by of the most well-known Renaissance artists of all time: Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Today, the countries are expected to sign an agreement in Paris that will put the will-they-won’t-they dispute behind […]

Research shows complete under drawings in Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’

The Virgin of the Rocks is one of the London National Portrait Gallery’s most-visited paintings. Leonardo da Vinci painted the scene of the Virgin Mary with the infant Christ twice, the earlier version, dating from around 1483-1486, belongs to the Louvre, and the National Portrait Gallery’s c. 1491-1508 version was part of the St Francesco […]

Wait, the Mona Lisa isn’t a great example of the Mona Lisa Effect?

The short answer: no, not really, according to new research. Mona Lisa’s gaze, or what has been called the Mona Lisa Effect for years, is the feeling that no matter where you move in relation to a figure in an artwork, the eyes in the image follow you. Earlier this year, though, scientists debunked the […]

Mona Lisa moves! Well, ‘100 paces’ away…

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (c. 1503-1516) is getting some new digs, at least temporarily. On the evening of July 16th, the painting along with its bulletproof encasement will move from the large concrete wall it’s called home for 14 years. Its new location will be in the Medici Gallery of the Louvre but the […]

Louvre ditches Salvator Mundi over authenticity doubts

Salvator Mundi, the world’s most expensive painting, will no longer be part of this year’s highly anticipated Leonardo da Vinci show in Paris after many months of a failed attempt to attribute it to the artist. The painting famously sold for $450 million at Christie’s in New York in 2017 but has been out of […]

The Hermitage lends three works by Leonardo da Vinci

Over the last few months, there has been a lot of tension between Italy and France concerning the loan of major works by Leonardo da Vinci to the Louvre for what will most likely be a blockbuster exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death (May 2, 1519). While all of that, which was […]

Researchers may have determined that the Monna Vanna was drawn by Leonardo da Vinci

In 2017, the Condé Museum, just north of Paris in the palace of Chantilly, sent the Monna Vanna to the Louvre to begin testing. Their hopes were to discover if the drawing, which bears a striking resemblance to the Mona Lisa (so much so that its nickname is the ‘nude Mona Lisa’), was created by […]