Da Vinci History Challenged by Leading Oxford Professor

Key evidence casts new light on the icon, his family, and his masterpiece.

In his new book, Mona Lisa: The People and the Painting, Professor Martin Kemp – an emeritus professor of art history at Oxford University, and a leading authority on Leonardo da Vinci – presents key historical evidence unearthed from 15th century Vinci and Florence archives that cast new light on the famous painter, his mysterious mother and his masterpiece, according to The Guardian

For instance, very little was previously known about da Vinci’s mother, who Kemp has now identified as Caterina di Meo Lippi, an orphaned girl who gave birth to Leonardo at 15 following a brief relationship with an up-and-coming Florentine lawyer named Ser Piero da Vinci.

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