Saturday, February 11, 2006

Not Leonardo??

An Italian art historian in Milan is casting doubt on the identity of one of art history's most famous faces. The red chalk drawing long assumed to be a self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci is probably nothing more than a study for one of the apostles in 'The Last Supper' according to Professor Pietro Marani, who has written several books on Leonardo. Among the professor's strongest arguments- the drawing has been dated to a time when Leonardo was about 48, and one has to agree that this is not the face of your typical 48-year old, unless the poor man had been spending waaaay too much time sunbathing on those nice Italian beaches.

It's a big day for Art History buffs- word from Egypt is that a new tomb has been found in the Valley of the Kings, the first new tomb opened there since Howard Carter excavated King Tutankhamun in 1922. The tomb, which has only been partially opened, apparently contains five mummies in wooden sarcophagi and coloured funeral masks, from the 18th dynasty.

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