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Scholars confirmed Da Vinci's ambidexterity

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Researchers at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence have proved what was suspected for a long time: the Renaissance
The Renaissance is the period that began around the 14th century and ended at the late 16th century, traditionally associated primarily with the Italian region. The ideas and images of the Renaissance largely determined the aesthetic ideals of modern man, his sense of harmony, measure and beauty. Read more
genius Leonardo da Vinci was able to write, draw and paint with both hands.
The fact that Leonardo da Vinci was an ambidexter (that is, he equally used both his hands) was proved by the employees of the museum’s research and restoration institute. They analysed a drawing known simply as "Tuscan landscape", which is considered the artist’s earliest work. He executed it in 1473 at the age of 21.

The drawing features the view of the Arno River which flows through Tuscany and Montelupo Castle in the background. There are two handwritten inscriptions on the sheet: the one on the front side is written in the reverse direction, and the one on the other side—from left to right. Researchers have proven that both inscriptions were done by the artist himself. On the front side, he wrote in 'mirror writing'; with his left hand, "and he penned the inscription on the back with his right hand in a usual way," the Uffizi Gallery stated.
Leonardo da Vinci. Turin self portrait
Leonardo da Vinci. Mona Vanna, the Nude Mona Lisa
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Self-Portrait (1513). Royal Library of Turin
  • Workshop of Leonardo da Vinci, Monna Vanna (16th century). Condé Museum, France
"Leonardo was born left-handed, but at a very early age he was retrained to use his right hand," says art historian Cecilia Frosinini. "Judging by his handwriting, including in this drawing, he succeeded. Our hypothesis is that the idea came to him when he observed traces on paper, turning the drawing over."

Such a discovery may be relevant to the attribution of the works which had been previously attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. One of them is the "Monna Vanna" drawing, kept in France. Scholars cannot agree on its authorship, since part of the image is executed with the right hand.
The study
A study is an exercise painting that helps the painter better understand the object he or she paints. It is simple and clear, like sample letters in a school student’s copybook. Rough and ready, not detailed, with every stroke being to the point, a study is a proven method of touching the world and making a catalogue of it. However, in art history, the status of the study is vague and open to interpretation. Despite its auxiliary role, a study is sometimes viewed as something far more significant than the finished piece. Then, within an impressive frame, it is placed on a museum wall.
So, when does a study remain a mere drill, and when can we call it an artwork in its own right, full of life and having artistic value? Read more
was completed before the return of the "Tuscan landscape" to Vinci, where Leonardo had been born. An exhibition dedicated to the 500th anniversary of his death took place there in 2019.


Based on Artdaily materials
Main illustration: Leonardo da Vinci. Sketch the Tuscan landscape. 15.08.1473
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