Salvator Mundi of Lecco

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The Salvator Mundi of Lecco
Italian: Ritratto di Lecco
See adjacent text.
ArtistLeonardo da Vinci
Year1492
TypeOil on Canvas
Dimensions260 cm × 440 cm (101 in × 175 in)
LocationPinacoteca di Brera, Milano

The Salvator Mundi of Lecco (also known as Salvator Mundi di Lecco o Ritratto di Lecco) is a red chalk drawing on red/pink prepared paper by Leonardo da Vinci, datable 1492, kept in a private collection in Lombardy.

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The drawing was considered among the possible works in Leonardo's circle at the end of 2019 (the year of the celebrations of the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci) following the acquisition of this drawing by two collectors from Lecco, who presented it on 19 December 2019 in a press conference held in Lecco at the Palazzo Falck headquarters of the Confcommercio of Lecco, the speaker being the expert from Vinci, Nicola Barbatelli.

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The work shows the face of a man, around 35/40 years of age, with long hair and beard. The gaze is turned to the right and the subject is placed slightly in three-quarter angle. The drawing, by stroke, would appear to have been made by a left-handed author. The face is characterized by a refined sfumato with indefinite contours and an absolutely light stroke, which seems to emerge as in a dream.

On the back, the drawing bears the inscription Milano - XVI sec - in the middle and another inscription in the lower left part (for the viewer) and which, through the diagnostic investigation, was found to have been written in ink ferrogallic which thus reads FE Salai 1511 Dino exactly the same as the inscription on the Salvator Mundi kept at the Ambrosian Library.

In terms of characteristics, the face immediately recalls, although at a younger age, the face of the famous Turin self-portrait, believed to be the face of Leonardo Da Vinci, but, in the light of a trace of halo above the head, it could also be the representation of the face of a Christ.

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