Researchers at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence have proved what was suspected for a long time: that Renaissance genius Leonardo Da Vinci was able to write, draw and paint with both hands.
The study also uncovered a previously unknown landscape sketch on the back of the original work, titled Landscape Drawing for Santa Maria Della Nave and alternatively known as Landscape 8P.
Dated August 5, 1473, the work was completed when the artist
was just 21 years old. On the front of the drawing, infrared light
analysis found traces of an underlying sketch.
On the back, there was once another landscape, featuring a
bridge crossing a river, done in charcoal. It may have been erased by
the artist, or it also could have faded away over the centuries.
The discoveries are being announced as the world celebrates
the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, on May 2, 1519. As part of
the festivities, which include exhibitions across Europe and beyond, Landscape 8P will go on loan to the Museo Leonardiano in Leonardo’s hometown of Vinci in Tuscany, Italy, for five weeks beginning in August.