Art expert claims discovery of Leonardo da Vinci's earliest work
Italian scholars claim they have unearthed the first known piece by Renaissance genius Leonardo Da Vinci. "The Archangel Gabriel," a painted glazed tile, was signed and dated by an artist believed to be the 18-year-old Da Vinci.
The claim is based on a signature and date painted in the angel's jaw line, barely visible to the naked eye. It reads "Da Vinci Lionardo," with the apparent date of authorship; "1471.
After three years of scientific and artistic investigations, Professor Ernesto Solari, an art historian and expert on Da Vinci, along with Ivana Rosa Bonfantino, a handwriting expert, announced that this could be the first known work produced by Da Vinci.
Modigliani nude fetches record $157m at auction.
Modigliani nude once considered obscene has sold for more than $157 million (£116 million) at an auction in New York. Nu Couche (Sur Le Cote Gauche) was said by Sotheby's to be the greatest painting from the Italian-born artist's series of 22 nudes.
It broke the previous $140 million record for an estimate, held by Picasso's Les Femmes d'Alger (Version 'O'), from 2015.
Completed in 1917, it was also the largest painting of his career.
The record for a work actually sold at auction still stands with Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi, which went under the hammer for $450 million in 2017.