Found: the studio where Leonardo met Mona Lisa
One of the enduring mysteries of the Renaissance has been resolved with the discovery of the workshop of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, it was announced yesterday.
The workshop, where Leonardo painted and drew in the early 1500s, is in the monastery of Santissima Annunziata in the centre of Florence. It is decorated with frescoes thought to be by Leonardo and his students. It was here that Leonardo is likely to have met the woman who inspired the Mona Lisa and worked on The Virgin and Child with St Anne, one version of which is held by the National Gallery.
His workshop was discovered during restoration of part of the monastery occupied for the past 100 years by the Institute of Military Geography. Cristina Acidini, head of conservation and restoration in Florence, said it was an "emotional moment" when the worskhop was found.
"We need to do more research, but these frescoes are very encouraging," Acidini said.
One striking fresco depicts the face of a winged angel flanked by birds, thought to be a representation of the Annunciation. Scholars said it bore a resemblance to an Annunciation by Leonardo in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Alessandro Vezzosi, a leading Leonardo expert, said the discovery of the workshop "will enable scholars better to understand the context in which Leonardo worked".
Leonardo, who was born in Tuscany and passed his early career in Florence, returned to the city at the age of 48 after 17 years in Milan at the court of Duke Ludovico Sforza, who fell from power in 1499.
While at Santissima Annunziata Leonardo worked on The Virgin and Child with St Anne, acclaimed at the time as one of his masterpieces, and also painted Madonna of the Yarnwinder, which today survives only in copies.
Leonardo left Santissima Annunziata in 1502 to serve as military architect and engineer to Cesare Borgia, the notorious son of Pope Alexander VI. But he returned to Florence after ten months to paint the Mona Lisa, among other masterpieces, and stayed until 1506, when he returned to Milan.
The discovery was announced at a press conference coinciding with the opening of a Leonardo exhibition at the Palazzo Panciatichi in Florence and another on the Atlantic Codex and Leonardo's inventions at the Palazzo Corsini in Rome.
该发现是在一次新闻发布会上宣布的。与之同期开幕的还有佛罗伦萨Palazzo Panciatichi和Atlantic Codex举办的达芬奇作品展、以及在罗马Palazzo Corsini举办的达芬奇发明展。
flank: to be placed or situated at the flank or side of: 位于…之侧被放在或位于…的侧面或两边）
Annunciation : the angel Gabriel's announcement to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation; the Christian feast celebrating this event（天使报喜，圣母领报天使加百列向圣母马利亚传报耶稣将经由马利亚而降生；天使报喜节）