All posts in Leonardo da Vinci

When an art dealer single-handedly earns more money than an auction house

Is it possible for an individual art dealer to earn more money than an auction house that’s been in business for 300 years? The answer should be no. Yet Yves Bouvier and Sotheby’s have managed to refute this popular belief. Indeed, the huge income the Swiss art dealer apparently generated has raised eyebrows around the […]

Italian court halts loan of the Vitruvian Man ahead of blockbuster da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre

Just two weeks ago, Italy and France signed a deal that reinstated a 2017 deal that would green light a number of works by Leonardo da Vinci to be loaned to the Louvre for their upcoming blockbuster exhibition. It seemed that the saga, which played out over the last year, was finally put to rest. […]

Louvre reinstalls the Mona Lisa in the updated Salle des États

Extreme makeover Louvre Edition is offically complete and the Mona Lisa is back in her home gallery after a three-month stint in a neighbouring gallery. When the Mona Lisa moved to the Medici Gallery back in July, it was the first time the painting had moved from its place in the Salle des États in […]

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 […]