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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 11:43

Analysis of Vegetation in da Vinci Painting Raises Doubts about the Artist's Involvement

Leonardo da Vinci's 'Virgin of the Rocks.' Leonardo da Vinci's 'Virgin of the Rocks.' Wikipedia

Leonardo da Vinci always impressed on his students the importance of depicting nature accurately. He wrote: “Painter, you should know that you cannot be good if you are not a master universal enough to imitate with your art every kind of natural form.” Indeed, his own paintings and drawings of the natural world are as scientifically accurate as they are beautiful.

Five centuries on, scientists and art historians are trying to work out to what extent Leonardo had a hand in both versions of "Virgin of the Rocks" – the one in the Louvre, in Paris, and the replica in the National Gallery in London.

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