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  • Writer's pictureVan Weyenbergh Fine Art

Leonardo da Vinci was ambidextrous is the conclusion of experts from the Uffizi in Florence.

To come to this conclusion, the researchers studied the drawing entitled Il Paesaggio (Landscape), the oldest work of the Tuscan maestro. Dated August 5, 1473 - Leonardo da Vinci was then 21 years old, it represents the Arno valley(the river that crosses Florence) and the Montelupo castle in Tuscany. There are two inscriptions, one on the front and the other on the back, which have been the subject of this research. The scientific analyzes made it possible to determine that both had been written by Leonardo Da Vinci, and especially that one had been written with his left hand, the other with his right hand.

The report also mentions the discovery, thanks to an infrared lamp, of a drawing still unknown on the back of the work.

" these analyzes are really spectacular, now we know that Leonardo worked with both his hands, and not only with his left hand, for which he was known," said Eike Schmidt , director of the Uffizi Museum in Florence.

Ambidextrous people are extremely rare, in fact they are often left-handed forced to write with the right hand.

According to the Italian historian Cecilia Frozinini, this was the case for the author of the Mona Lisa: "He was born left-handed but he learned to write with his right hand from an early age" .

The Italian and French governments have planned several celebrations of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance genius who died in Amboise, France at age 67 on May 2, 1519.

text from AFP , April 9 , 2019

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