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A rare da Vinci drawing found an auction house in Paris

The French auction house Tajan announced on Monday that a sketch from the collection of the retired doctor was made by the hand of Leonardo da Vinci. This is confirmed by the curator of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, so a sketch measuring 19 × 13 cm is the largest discovery of its kind in the past 15 years. Its cost soared to 16 million dollars.The ink sketch of the figure of Saint Sebastian tied to a tree was signed by Michelange (Michelangelo)Figure depicting the torments of St. Sebastian, attributed to Leonardo da Vinci and estimated at about $ 16 million. Photo: TajanIn March of this year, a retired doctor visited the auction house. He showed the head of the department of old masters Tadda Prat 14 drawings that his father collected. Then the specialist was particularly interested in the sketch of St. Sebastian, tied to a tree, made with ink. The sketch was signed by Michelange (Michelangelo). "It seemed to me that this is an interesting 16th century drawing that requires more careful study," the expert explained to the New York Times.

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 reverse side of the sheet with the image of St. Sebastian, which, according to three experts, was made by the hand of Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: Tajan “My eyes jumped out of orbit,” she said in an interview with the New York Times, describing her first acquaintance with a drawing in Paris at the end of March. - Attribution is obvious, we are dealing with an undeniable case. This is an exciting discovery. ”

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

Madonna in the Rocks (Madonna in the Grotto) Leonardo da Vinci1486, 199 × 122 cm On the other hand, Bambak does not agree that the “Beautiful Princess” drawing, which London dealer Simon Dickinson estimated at $ 150 million eight years ago, made da Vinci. "He does not look like Leonardo," says an American expert. Recall, the famous British forger, Sean Greenhalge, recently stated that it was he, and not the famous master of the Renaissance, who drew the profile of a girl. The model, allegedly, served as a cashier from a supermarket, where Greenhalj worked in 1978. Read also: Scientists discovered the "Mona Lisa smile" in another painting by Leonardo da VinciBeautiful princess Leonardo da Vinci1496, 33 × 23.9 cm As for the future of the newly discovered image of Saint Sebastian, then, according to the testimony of the New York Times, the curators of the Louvre examined it in October, but did not make any official statements. France may declare the work "national treasure" to prevent its exportation from the country. Then she will have 30 months to purchase a drawing at a “fair international market value.” Otherwise, the government can issue a passport to the product, which will allow it to be put up for international bidding, and this will be the best scenario for the auction house. According to The New York Times and news.artnet.com