Lucan portrait of Leonardo da Vinci to be shown at Zbiroh Chateau
With its rich history and impressive neo-Renaissance architecture Zbiroh Chateau is a big attraction in its own right. In the course of the next two months it will moreover boast a rare exhibit – the Lucan portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, an alleged self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, which has never before been shown outside Italy.
Da Vinci or not, the portrait is of immense value and was accompanied to Prague by the owner of the gallery which leant it (Museo delle Antiche Genti di Lucania) the said Nicola Barbatelli, and for security reasons travelled in the cockpit of the plane. At Prague’s Ruzyne Airport is was awaited by members of a rapid deployment squad and transported to Zbiroh Chateau located in the Brdy Forests in Western Bohemia.
“When I signed the contract on the loan –both with the gallery in question and the Ministry of Culture – the description of the work said “attributo Leonardo da Vinci” – meaning ascribed to Leonardo da Vinci. The painting is of immeasurable value and the security measures surrounding it are unprecedented. At this point we are keeping the security details under wraps.”
“From what I have been able to read about this painting and from some of the reproductions I have studied this painting has nothing, but absolutely nothing to do with Leonardo da Vinci.”
For those who want to judge for themselves or simply admire the precious work of art the exhibition at Zbiroh runs from January 13th to March 18th.