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Machiavelli portrait attribution to Leonardo

A portrait of Renaissance political philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli in a French chateau may belong to Renaissance genius Leonardo Da Vinci, some art experts claim.

The director of the Chateau of Valencay, one-time seat of French diplomat Talleyrand, has asked for an expert opinion on the 55x42cm wood panel.

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The painting, a portrait of a bald man that has been in the historic house for centuries, could be by the Renaissance master, although the evidence is far from clear.

A 145-year-old letter mentioning a portrait of the philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli by Leonardo was discovered last year in the archives of Château de Valençay in central France. The chateau once belonged to Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, the French statesman, who died in 1838 after serving under several French regimes, including Napoleon’s.

The director of the historic house, Sylvie Giroux, told Agence France Presse that “it is not impossible” that Leonardo painted the Italian political theorist, the author of The Prince.

Leonardo da Vinci 500 anniversary

Loire Valley is preparing to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci.

From January to December 2019, over 500 cultural events have been scheduled, including exhibits, performances, concerts and debates in the Centre-Val de Loire region, the second most-visited in France, after Paris.

It was in this green valley on the rivers of the Loire, a UNESCO world heritage site, that the Renaissance master moved in 1516.

Tuscan genius was invited by King Francis I and took with him masterworks like  Mona Lisa and St John the Baptist, which are today part of the Louvre collection.
Leonardo died at the chateau du Clos-Lucé in Amboise on May 2, 1519, where he is buried.