Current Developments in History and Art History
Leonardo da Vinci, the musician
La storica: "La Gioconda non è la Monna Lisa ma Isabella d’Aragona"
The following article appeared in FirenzeToday: La Gioconda non è la Monna Lisa ma Isabella d’Aragona
"Il mistero della Gioconda, la risposta nel DNA?"
Marco Ferri wrote the following article about my research in "The National Geographic Online": Il mistero della Gioconda, la risposta nel DNA?
Unfortunately a small error occured: The bust on the right side is not showing Isabella of Aragon. This is one of the many many mistakes done by the art historians. This is Isabella's step-grandmother, Juana of Spain, sister of the famous Spanish King Ferdinand II (the Catholic) and second wife of her cousin, the Neapolitan King Ferrante, Isabella's grandfather. She is the mother of the famous "Lady with the ermine" (= Giovanna of Aragon, Queen of Naples).
"Da Vinci Code"
Penelope Debelle wrote the following article about my research in the magazine "Advertiser - SA Weekend": Da Vinci Code
The "Evil" Menstruation
Here a short description what the people of the ancient Jewish belief thought about the "unholy" body fluids, and especially the menstruation, around the time of the birth of Jesus Christ. Their opinion regarding this matter was taken over by the Christians and accepted for hundreds of centuries at least until the end of the Middle Ages:
"When a man has an emission of semen, he shall bathe his whole body in water and remain unclean until evening. All cloth or leather on which semen falls shall be washed in water and remain unclean until evening ...
When a woman has a discharge, her discharge being blood from her body, she shall remain in her impurity seven days; whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening. Anything that she lies on during her impurity shall be unclean; and anything that she sits on shall be unclean. Anyone who touches her bedding shall wash his clothes, bathe in water, and remain unclean until evening; and anyone who touches any object on which she has sat shall wash his clothes, bathe in water, and remain unclean until evening. Be it the bedding, or be it the object on which she has sat, on touching it he shall be unclean until evening. ...
When she becomes clean of her discharge, she shall count off seven days, and after that she shall be clean. On the eighth day she shall take two turtle doves or two pigeons, and bring them to the priest at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. The priest shall offer the one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering; and the priest shall make expiation on her behalf, for her unclean discharge, before the Lord." (in: Hughes, Sarah Shaver, and Brady Hughes: Women in World History, Volume 1: Reading from Prehistory to 1500, New York and London 1995, pp. 71-72)
Video about "The Face of Leonardo DaVinci in Renaissance Art" by Derri Sanchez
Video by Derri Sanchez about "Mona Lisa"
"The secret children of Leonardo da Vinci"
Article about the clandestine marriage of Isabella of Aragon and Leonardo da Vinci and their children (by Umberto Pasqui (in Italian)).
Article in "Corriere di Romagna" on 14th April 2010.
About my identification of the "Lady with the Jasmine" (rather the "Lady with the Orange Flowers and the Riario-Rose") as Caterina Sforza, based on the symbols of her house. [newspaper clipping]
Article in "La Voce" about the new painting by Leonardo da Vinci
On 18th October 2009 Umberto Pasqui writes about my attribution of the painting to Leonardo. [newspaper clipping]
New painting of Leonardo da Vinci discovered!
On 13th October 2009 newspapers reported about a newly discovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci. [read more ...]
Conference in Forlì for the 500th anniversary of Caterina Sforza's death.
On 16th May a conference was held in the Italian town of Forlì which was one of Caterina Sforza's seats of government. This conference celebrated the life and times of the "Tigress of Forlì". The commune of Forlì had invited historians and art-historians from Europe and the World. My presentation was about the depiction of Caterina Sforza in contemporary paintings of the Renaissance. Newspaper clippings. Article in "il Momento". Event Poster.
"The true Leonardo !"
On 01/03/09 another article was published in the Italian newspaper La Voce.
Selfportrait of Leonardo da Vinci ???
On 23/02/09 Times online reported about an alleged "newly discovered" portrait or even selfportrait of Leonardo da Vinci. Following that, the Italian newspaper La Voce in Forli published an article about the real selfportrait of Leonardo, which was discovered by me and is in the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
Discovery in der National Gallery of Victoria
My answer to the claim by the National Gallery of Victoria, that they would own the only true portrait of Lucrezia Borgia, which supposedly was painted by Dosso Dossi between 1515 and 1520: [The Age: "Art Detective says the brother did it."]
TV show "The Best House 123" on Japanese television Fuji TV about "Madone de Laroque"
Art experts clash over 'Da Vinci' painting
On 06/11/08 during a press conference in Montpellier in southern France I identified the painting "Madone de Laroque" as the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Italian art-historian Alessandro Vezzosi would not comment this conclusion with "absurd" if he was willing to learn the "language of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance", the symbolism of the high dynasties. [Telegraph.co.uk]
"The Art Detective"
Penelope Debelle wrote the following feature article about my research in the "Adelaide Review" magazine: [PDF-file]
Selfportrait of Leonardo da Vinci
Thanks to Marco Ferri now at least the Florentines can't say they had never heard about the new self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, have a look at: newspaper article
And another article about Isabella of Aragon, this time by the Florentine journalist Letizia Cini of the "La Nazione" newspaper
Unfortunately a small error occurred: The second lady on the picture is not Isabella of Aragon, but her great-granddaughter Costanza Colonna
Leonardo da Vinci's Mother a Slave and of Arab Descent?
On Leonardo's 556th birthday, 12. April 2008, the following article appeared in "The Guardian", an English newspaper: "Da Vinci's mother was a slave, Italian study claims", in which two claims were put forward: 1. according to Francesco Cianchi Leonardo da Vinci's mother was a slave, and 2. according to another Italian academic a fingerprint of the famous painter would show a configuration which can only be found in Arabs. [more ...]
"The Woman behind that Secret Smile"
In June 2004 the Australian newspapers "The Sydney Morning Herald" and "The Age" published the following articles about my research work regarding the identity of Mona Lisa as Isabella of Aragon: "Woman behind that smile stands up" and "Behind that secret smile"