A new da Vinci painting! How cool is that? According to the Fox News article a Swiss collector bought a painting from the Ganz Gallery in NY for $19,000 knowing that it might be a da Vinci. After some research and finding da Vinci’s fingerprint on the painting, it most likely is one of his paintings and is worth maybe 150 million dollars! I kid you not! This from the article: "I would say it is priceless. There aren't that many Leonardo's in existence," Biro said. He said he had heard that one London dealer felt it could be worth more than $150 million.
Jesse was only 19 years old when we were in Italy. She was a big Leonardo fan and wanted to see some of his work, but the truth is that there is not that much of his work in Italy – or at least not where we were. We saw all sorts of famous paintings, sculptures, and buildings, but not much da Vinci. While we were in Venice there was suppose to be some sort of da Vinci show going on, but we had little time and could not see it. It was at that point that Jesse broke down and cried. It was so unlike her. I knew she was just worn out from traveling and sightseeing and I said as much. Still, I wish I could have granted her wish to see lots of da Vinci works. On her recent trip to France, I believe she did get to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris. She was probably worn out from her travels then, too. Maybe some day she will get to see more of his drawings and such. You know she is a drafter and likes that sort of thing.
For me, it was Michelangelo’s Pieta and his David - I just stood in awe – staring – thinking, "Wow, here I am up close and personal with a Michelangelo." I did not have the same feeling seeing the Sistine Chapel due to being herded through the place like a bunch of cattle. But I can say that I saw it.
Never let your little dreams die.