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Tue Aug 7, 2012 3:42PM
Newly found Leonardo da Vinci’s last painting

Newly found Leonardo da Vinci’s last painting

An unfinished painting believed to be the last work of the Italian Old Master Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered in a farmhouse in Scotland. The precious work was found in a 59-years-old woman Fiona McLaren’s Scottish farmhouse, where she had kept the painting, which had been given to her as a gift by her father, for decades. McLaren, who had almost thrown the old painting away, arranged a meeting with the Scottish director of Sotheby's Harry Robertson to value the picture. Some of the experts say the painting is a 500-year-old work by Leonardo da Vinci and potentially worth more than USD 150 million. The six highlighted points in the painting indicate it may be a da Vinci original, experts say. They also claim that even if the painting is not a da Vinci original, it is at least from the da Vinci school, created by one of the master's pupils during the 16th century. "Every time I thought to myself, 'This cannot be right,' I found more evidence that proved it was…I'm convinced without a doubt that it is a genuine Leonardo," McLaren says. The recently found treasure is now under the vast analysis by the art specialists at the Cambridge University and the Hamilton Kerr Institute who are trying to unravel its exact age and origins. Leonardo da Vinci (1452 -1519), who was an Italian Renaissance polymath, is widely considered as one of the greatest painters of all time and diversely talented person. He left many remarkable works as a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician and engineer. FGP/PKH