Newly found sketch of Christ likely unknown masterpiece by Da Vinci

Newly found sketch of Christ likely unknown masterpiece by Da Vinci


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.

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“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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