By Peter Silverman, Catherine Whitney
How an oddly attributed $19,000 photo proved to be a $100 million paintings by means of Leonardo da Vinci—a precise art-world detective story
In overdue 2010, artwork collector Peter Silverman printed "German, early nineteenth century" portrait he had got for $19,000 was once, in reality, a formerly unknown drawing by means of Leonardo da Vinci—an beautiful depiction of Bianca Sforza, rendered 500 years in the past. In Leonardo's misplaced Princess, Silverman supplies a riveting first-person account of the way his preliminary suspicions of the portrait's provenance have been proven again and again by way of scientists and artwork specialists. He describes the trail to authentication, fraught with competition and controversy. The twists and turns of this interesting, decade-long quest lead from artwork historical past to state of the art technology, and from a brand new York paintings gallery to Paris, Milan, Zurich, and eventually a Warsaw library the place the ultimate, convincing facts that the portrait used to be certainly via da Vinci used to be found.
* Takes an up-close examine the workings of the artwork global and at figures starting from purchasers and connoisseurs to a suspected forger
* Discusses present medical suggestions used to enquire and authenticate artworks, equivalent to carbon courting and state of the art images
* makes use of Silverman's drawing as an entree into Leonardo da Vinci's international: his studio, his type, and his tools
* Explores the intersection of artwork and technological know-how within the authentication method, regarding the paintings of a guy who embodied that intersection
Unearthing the secrets and techniques virtually misplaced to background, the e-book is perfect examining for artwork enthusiasts and a person attracted to an extraordinary case of "whodunit."