The mysterious element within the work of Leonardo da Vinci

And what if one of many absolute geniuses that formed historical past because of his expertise and discoveries knew one thing very particular that impressed his work?

“It was within the curved strains and hair of this obvious Jesus – later confirmed by Pascal Cotte’s multispectral enhanced photographs – that I observed one thing very odd…”.

The Holy Shroud has been the topic of research by writer Átila Soares for over 30 years. LEFT: The very robust and apparent correlation between the face of the Salvator Mundi (by Leonardo) and that of the shroud would virtually finish any dialogue of the doable closeness between the 2 (Picture: Composition – Wikimedia / Átila Soares). RIGHT: Amongst his researches, experiments on the true face of the Virgin Mary have lately gained prominence (Pictures: Átila Soares / Ray Downing)

It isn’t the primary time that the scholar Átila Soares da Costa Filho, college professor and Brazilian designer, amazes the world of religion analysis. If his final effort had been graphic copy utilizing high-tech instrumentsof the doable Face of Saint Maryby way of that of the “Man of the Shroud”, this time he presents us with a principle that’s as modern as it’s significant.

“It has been virtually a 12 months because it was named now “Portrait of Lecco” (“Christ of Lecco”) it has change into the middle of a collection of analysis works “says the scholar” carried out within the Lombard group of the identical identify, upsetting all types of reactions within the tutorial world, as you possibly can think about.

The Portrait of Lecco and the Speculation on Leonardo’s Authorship

Shortly thereafter, precisely in January 2021, the first optimistic outcomes of the preliminary research carried out on the kind of paper usedcomparability with others from the identical interval – an investigation that’s vital with a purpose to decide in a primary section which Probability of hypothesising Leonardo’s authorship of the design. And from that intriguing and heartening premise, we start an in-depth exploration of the true prospects that that is an authorship of the Tuscan genius.

“One issue that has drawn my consideration in analyzing the crimson chalk is its plain resemblance to some facial options of the Holy Shroud of Turin. Would the artist then have been influenced by the shroud to create the design? If that’s the case, Leonardo would have come into direct contact with the relic thought of within the Christian world as residing proof of the best occasion in historical past: the Resurrection”.

Placing resemblance between Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi and the Shroud Man

That’s exactly the scholar’s principle, however there may be extra to it than that. A hidden element would testify to this “assembly”:

“On this respect, it is sufficient to see the great physiognomic concord between the face of Jesus within the shroud and within the work of the Salvator Mundi collection, through which he acknowledges himself Leonardo’s mannequin to characterize the face of the Redeemer.

Invariably,” Soares continues, “these works are attributed to disciples of Da Vinci on the premise of a few of his misplaced originals; In some circumstances, nonetheless, there can have been a roughly direct involvement of the grasp within the efficiency.

On this case, the similarity of the faces within the work with the one seen within the shroud is so nice that we are able to even get an ideal juxtaposition between this and people, which leads us to a curious truth: Leonardo may have constructed this mannequin for the “Salvator Mundi”. provided that he had come into direct contact with the “Matrix”, i.e. the Holy Shroud.

How would this contact have been doable?

One other attention-grabbing level is that the element of a slight protuberance on the bridge of the nostril that we see on the shroud can be discovered within the Lecco sanguine and, curiously, additionally within the Holy Face of Manoppello, is taken into account the “Veil of Veronica”. Though there are not any paperwork linking the artist on to the house owners of the Savoy Shroud, the speculation shouldn’t be dominated out.

In truth, the scholar continues: “The Tuscan genius recorded in considered one of his notebooks a visit he made to Savoy between the late eighties and early nineties of the fifteenth century with an as but unknown goal. As well as, it was exactly presently that Leonardo had reached his most inventive energy.

The “man within the shroud” hidden within the Portrait of Lecco, a piece lately attributed to Leonardo’s paternity: proof to help the dialog between Leonardo and historical past’s most revered relic? Highlighted strains seen to the bare eye, later confirmed by LAM multispectral photographs (Pictures: Átila Soares/GM)

The actual fact is that given the potential of evaluating the drawing with the primary relic (shroud), I attempted to seek out one thing extra on the premise of this risk.

A element hidden “within the hair” of the portrait of Lecco lately related to Leonardo da Vinci

Ed it was within the curved and highlighted strains of this obvious Jesus’ hair – then confirmed by Pascal Cotte’s multispectral enhanced photographs – that I observed one thing very curious: a sketch suggesting the physique of a unadorned man mendacity down, as if to breed the pose of the pale determine within the Turin sheet.

Amongst different issues, Leonardo’s follow of concealing components that aren’t very apparent or of unclear which means in his works is much from being a delusion or sensationalism and is at present thought of in academia, notably within the phrases of the artist himself. within the “Treatise on Portray” (1632):

Do not despise this opinion of mine, reminding you that you’re not critical always, stopping to look into the stains on the partitions, or into the ashes of the fireplace, or into clouds, or mud, or the like locations, at which, for those who think about them nicely, you’ll find probably the most marvelous innovations, inspiring the painter’s ingenuity to new innovations, each of compositions of battles, beasts and males, and of assorted compositions of lands and monsters corresponding to of devils and the like, as a result of they are going to be a cause to honor you; for in confused issues ingenuity awakens to new innovations.”

The scholar’s conclusions

For the considerate – and under no circumstances typical – “instructor” – it could actually be an train in notion or reasoning. A recreation with nice potential to make every portray richer and extra attention-grabbing. Due to this fact, the drawing proposed right here is completely by Leonardo.

If for Leonardo the linchpin of life is exactly the fidelity of impermanence, change and turning into, Lecco’s Sanguine could possibly be a legacy within the type of a drawing: an affidavit of artwork as a instrument for meditating on the mysteries of the invisible wheel of life.

Atila Soares
Átila Soares da Costa Filho, college professor and Brazilian designer

Átila Soares is a Brazilian instructorappraisers of artistic endeavors, Researcher and writer of 4 books. He holds a level in Industrial Design from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, in addition to postgraduate levels in Historical past, Philosophy, Medieval Church, Sociology, Artwork Historical past, Anthropology, Archeology and Cultural Heritage.

He additionally writes for the journal Humanitas (ed. Escala, São Paulo) and for the web sites Italia Medievale (Milan) and Nova Acrópole (Lisbon). He’s a member of the scientific committees of the Mona Lisa Basis (Zurich), the Leonardo da Vinci Basis (Milan) and the L’Invisibile nell’Arte mission (Rome).

Translation by: Valeria Vicentini

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