An art scholar in Italy believes that a recently unearthed sketch of Jesus Christ is a lost work from Leonardo Da Vinci. The intriguing drawing had reportedly been hidden away in a private collection for centuries until it was shown to Da Vinci scholar Annalisa Di Maria, who examined the piece and concluded that it had been created by the legendary Renaissance painter. "It is a remarkably beautiful and refined work," she marveled, "and I’m absolutely convinced it is a sketch by Leonardo."
Specifically, Di Maria points to how the "rendering of the beard is practically identical to Leonardo's self-portraits, as are the eyes." She also observed that "the posture of Christ is typical of Leonardo, who rarely drew figures front-on but from an angle." Additionally, Di Maria noted that the drawing was done using red chalk, which was the preferred medium that the painter used for his sketches. Taken together along with a dating test on the paper which indicates that it is from the 16th century, she told a French newspaper, the piece "recalls everything in the drawings of Leonardo: it is his language, and speaks loud and clear."
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