ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News
The painting, believed to be work by da Vinci, will be examined by experts.
A painting believed to be the last work by Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered by chance in Scotland.
The owner almost threw the old painting away, but money issues forced her to contact auctioneers.
Fiona McLaren, 59, arranged a meeting with the Scottish director of Sotheby’s, Harry Robertson, to value the picture, The People newspaper has reported. “I showed it to him and he was staggered, speechless save for a sigh of exclamation,” Fiona told the newspaper. Experts are intrigued
Experts of classic artistic masters are intrigued. Some believe the work is from the school of Leonardo and dates to the 16th century, while others concede Da Vinci might have had a hand in it. “Experts have confirmed Leonardo at least did the under drawing,” McLaren said.
She inherited the painting from her doctor father who received it from one of his patients. For 40 years the possible Renaissance marvel hung in the family’s London home before Fiona and her mother moved to Scotland.
The painting, which might be 500 years old and worth millions, became covered with small stains of white emulsion paint when the McLaren house was redecorated.
An examination of the painting will take place at the University of Cambridge’s Hamilton Kerr Institute where experts will date and attribute the artwork. “I’m convinced without a doubt that it is a genuine Leonardo,” McLaren said.