A newly discovered sketch of Jesus Christ is likely to be a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, experts have claimed.
Italian researchers are ‘absolutely convinced’ a red-chalk drawing depicting the son of God is the work of the Renaissance master widely considered to be one of the greatest artists of all time.
The piece was held in a private see collection in Lombardy, Italy, before it was recently sold to two collectors from Lecco in northern Italy, The Telegraph reports.
After conducting tests, experts found the paper dates back to the 16th century, around the time da Vinci sketched ‘Portrait of a Man in Red Chalk’ in a similar style and medium.
Annalisa Di Maria, an Italian art historian who studied the sketch, says many elements of the ‘remarkably beautiful’ sketch are ‘practically identical’ to the Italian polymath’s work.
She said: ‘There are lots of elements — the posture of Christ is typical of Leonardo, who rarely drew figures front-on but from an angle.
It has that dynamism and sense of movement that is typical of Leonardo.’ The red-chalk drawing depicts Jesus Christ
The Renaissance artist is considered to be one of the greatest of all time Ms Di Maria added: ‘The rendering of the beard is practically identical to Leonardo’s self-portraits, as are the eyes.
And the painting is in red chalk, which the artist used a lot, including in the sketches for The Last Supper.’ others have insisted the piece needs to be studied further before it is attributed to da Vinci.
Martin Kemp, emeritus professor in the history of art at Oxford University said: ‘I would need to see if it is drawn left-handed.
Leonardo drew everything with his left hand.’
Researchers in Italy are set to present a study of the artwork in Florence once the country gets its second coronavirus wave under control