You might have read about police seizing the painting of Renaissance socialite Isabella d’Este, attributed by experts to Da Vinci, after being found in a bank vault in Switzerland in 2013.
See the picture and article at the Daily Mail.
Investigators said the piece had been exported illegally and was in danger of being sold on to an investment fund in the UK. What does 'exported illegally' mean? Somebody owned the painting, but local authorities wouldn't allow him to sell it out of the country?
The prosecutor in the case said, ‘Once it arrives back in Italy, we will conduct further investigations to establish who really owns the work.’ Mmmm. That sounds like a legal wrangle.
The work of art is thought to be worth £90 million. However other experts have cast doubt on the authenticity saying that it could have been completed by his students.
Born in 1452, Da Vinci lived for 67 years, during which he explored all of his talents.
Leonardo Da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote". Marco Rosci states that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time.
Disclaimer: I'm no genius. But maybe one day, my novels (click on a cover on the sidebar) will be brought into the light after someone finds them amongst my papers. I can imagine the legal battles over my legacy. Who owns the works and what is their claim? I was born in Australia, only leaving at the age of 45 after my divorce. Some would argue my early years formed my imagination, whereas others will claim that England nurtured my creativity. I'll be watching gleefully from Heaven. As long as somebody sees the worth of my creations.