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Fascinating! Any journalist commenting on something they have a personal connection to should make that connection known, or leave themselves open to someone else exposing it!

For those interested in hearing a bit more from Martin Kemp about 'La Bella Principessa' Oxford University channel has a free presentation by him on it which you get from iTunesU or their podcasts site directly (scroll down to Humanities Division)


H Niyazi

Art History Today

thanks for that- i'll check that out


You seem to believe that the "Bella Principessa" is actually a Leonardo's masterpiece. I would be more cautious. Also you drew a line between the world of the "good" and "serious" scholars and the "evil" ones who are part of the estabilshment and want to diminish everything which is not "New Yorker" or "Londiner"....Well: you have made up your mind in this way, that is just the specular way they did. Nothing more, nothing less. Being Italian I could speak volumes about the reliability of people like Vezzosi, or Pedretti or Gregori. They ALWAYS find some new hidden piece in a attic or elsewhere....and their link to the art market are very very close.... It is a long story, but many you demonize are actually serious and responsible scientists and historians. Their only fault is that they are less glamorous than the late James Beck, or the TV star Martin Kemp and so on.

Art History Today

Thanks for stopping by.

To tell you the truth, I'm not so sure of the painting's authenticity anymore. I'm not getting embroiled in the attribution debate because I'm not a Leonardo expert- feel stronger with Raphael and Michelangelo problems.

I know that Italian art historians and curators are always dredging up so called masterpieces from some storeroom or other- recently we had the Modena Raphael, or whatever the magnifici are calling it now.

I wouldn't say that I'm demonizing them- that's your word, not mine, and I'm not saying they're irresponsible.

It's a good point about glamour/celebrity and connoisseurs- I know there are a lot of back-room people who do all the hard work and never get the credit.

I'm waiting to see how this is all going to play out against the forthcoming Leonardo show at the N.G.


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