Prath asked his colleague Patrick de Bazer, an independent dealer and consultant for old masters' drawings, to look at the drawing. He pointed out that the drawing was made with his left hand (remember, Da Vinci was left-handed). In addition, de Baser noticed two small drawings on the back of the sheet, a sketch of the flame of a candle and notes written in cursive, common in the era of the Italian Renaissance.
Both art critics were unanimous, but a third opinion was needed. He was expressed by Carmen Bambak, curator of Italian and Spanish drawings in the Metropolitan Museum, as well as the organizer of the exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci, master of drawing" in Met in 2003.
Left: Tadde Prat. Photo: Ed Alcock / The New York Times
The curator believes that the recently discovered drawing is the most detailed of the three well-known sketches associated with the possibly lost “Saint Sebastian” painting. According to Carmen Bambak, the drawing was created between 1482 and 1485, when da Vinci lived in Milan and wrote the first version of Madonna in the Rocks.
This is the first da Vinci drawing that has been discovered since 2000. Then Bambak certified the authenticity of the image of Hercules, made with chalk and ink and dated 1506th - 1508 years. The work was sold for 550 thousand dollars and is now jointly owned by the Metropolitan Museum and a couple of collectors from New York.
Left: Dr. Carmen Bambak, curator of the department of Italian and Spanish drawings in the Metropolitan Museum. Photo: Angel Franco / he New York Times