It could be the Holy Grail of the art world.
A newly discovered sketch of Jesus Christ that’s been gathering dust for centuries is likely an unknown masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, according to experts.
The previously unknown red-chalk drawing — which depicts the son of God with a vacant, Mona Lisa-like gaze — was held in a private collection at a bank in Lombardy, Italy before it recently surfaced, according to the UK’s Telegraph.
“It is a remarkably beautiful and refined work and I’m absolutely convinced it is a sketch by Leonardo,” Annalisa Di Maria, an Italian art historian who studied the sketch, told The Telegraph.
To determine if the piece was made by the world-renowned Renaissance artist, experts tested the paper and found it 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, according to experts.
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