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Is a portrait of Lico Leonardo? X-ray puzzle to solve

Thanks to Gilardoni’s collaboration, new analyzes of the optimistic chart

Meanwhile, the study of Professor Rolando Bellini, who has been investigating the work for a year, continues

leco – lyko’s picture Based on Leonardo Da Vinci? Hard to say exactly but there The Gallo Mazzolini familythe owner of the “mysterious business”, continues to investigate drawing in optimism Renamed lyko’s picture Which, most likely, can be attributed to the Tuscan genius. one dimension In-depth study on paper Leading to the belief that the design dates back to the middle of the 15th century, a new step has been taken forward in recent days.

analysis stage

Thanks to the partnership with Gilardoni X-raywell-known company Mandelo, Wednesday, April 13th The business has been the subject of a complex analysis thanks to the latest generation of machines of which Lecco is a world leader. On the drawing, in fact, some Multi-Energy Focus CT and Radiography Analytics. But that’s not all, because the tests were conducted a bisnat (VA) in Idosolutions (Acquired by Gilardoni Spa in November 2018) from the division Research and studies of non-destructive tests applied to artwas an opportunity to present Professor Rolando BelliniProfessor of Art History, Graphic Arts, Museology, and Aesthetics atBrera Academy of Fine Arts in Milanart history inInternational University of the Arts in Florence, who had been studying opera for a year. But let’s go in order.

Massimo Mazzolini with his wife Silvia Gallo, in the center is Professor Rolando Bellini

Tomography on a possible Leonardo drawing

Gilardoni Raggi X celebrates its 75th birthday this year. Founded in 1947 by Arturo Gilardoni A scientist in the field of radiology which at that time was a new technology. Arturo Gilardoni’s adventure is expanding and during the period of economic boom, X-ray technology finds application in various fields, accompanying the development and needs of society and the world – explains the general manager David Baratto -. In particular, in the seventies, Gilardoni became enthusiastic about applications in The field of cultural heritage Conduct analyzes of very important paintings, mummies and various discoveries. Gilardoni has developed over the years specific systems for artwork, something unique in the world.”

Gilardoni X-rays General Manager David Baratto
Gilardoni X-rays General Manager David Baratto

Since then, technology has made great strides, and today Gilardoni’s X-ray can rely on the latest generation technology to understand what the so-called Leonardo drawing can tell us: “In fact we went to perform CT scan, and Tac, as well as a whole series of innovative technologies (revolutionary in the technical field) such as multi-energy analysis. Only last March we were inInternational Atomic Energy Agency, members of the Table of Contents for the training and certification of persons who, in the field of cultural heritage, wish to apply radiological techniques for analysis. In fact, we are working on creating a training path for these new professional personalities.”

Gilardoni, the only Italian company to produce systems for non-destructive testing, became aware of the Portrait of Lecco and decided to make itself available: “We are a company closely associated with our territory and have become familiar with this business, so we suggested that the owners take advantage of our technology to understand whether it is possible to Supports the numerous analyzes and studies that are already being done. The hope is to find elements that can strengthen the hypothesis that Leonardo’s hand does exist. Specifically, we went for a CT scan, a 3D reconstruction of X-rays using micro-focus tomography. For X-rays, It is the most in-depth study possible, and it is a revolutionary method because I think no analysis of this type has been done on such a discovery. Usually radiographic plates are made, and here we are talking about 3D digital technologies and we will also test multi-energy analyzes.”

The drawing was X-rayed to the acquired images (more than a thousand) at different angles in order to reconstruct the 3D image. We work very precisely with several predictions, and the acquisition phase alone takes about an hour and a half: “It’s a challenge for us too: we’ve never done it and we’re glad to be able to try.”

Study by Professor Rolando Bellini

Rolando Bellinia well-known academic, is a professor of art history, graphic arts, museology, and aesthetics atBrera Academy of Fine Arts in Milanart history inInternational University of the Arts in Florence. A specialist in Michelangelo, he is equally interested in Leonardo. His studies aim to investigate the links between art and science in the works of Leonardo da Vinci, especially during his stay in Lombardy. As an art critic, he has collaborated with numerous art galleries and art studios.

Professor Rolando Bellini

He’s been running one for over a year now in-depth study On the lyko’s picture To understand whether it can actually be attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. He also wanted to visit the X-ray department of Gillardoni in charge of the analyses: “We certainly hope that these additional analyzes will allow us to broaden our view of this work, allowing us to discover some situational elements – explained Professor Bellini -. We have not yet reached the conclusions otherwise we would not be here. Certainly we are about to say that a find has its own quality and identity. We analyzed it by forgetting as much as possible any description, considering it “only” a beautiful drawing. We analyzed what it represents, what it is, what period, what substance.. Then we turned the telescope upside down and asked ourselves which element is most likely: It’s the Leonardisk region“.

When it comes to the Leonardsk region, the road immediately becomes uphill: “We act with due prudence, especially because, in my particular case, it will be the second drawing I find Leonardo, so we go very quietly. From the researcher’s point of view, it is not appropriate to say ‘he’ Rather, saying “why is it” or “why could it be” and what leads to knowledge of the character in question. We are definitely in the circle of Leonardo, this is for sure and also confirmed by other scholars. Before I put forward a hypothesis there, I wanted to go a different path and eventually I came to say that if we are in this field we need to come up with a name. The problem is: which name makes more sense and how do I suggest it? And this plausibility is obtained through solutions that have to come from work.”

The knot is not easy to solve and the aspects to consider are many and very comprehensive: “It is not an easy study, but it is fascinating. It is a beautiful journey and somehow corresponds to the meaning ascribed to the journey by Leonardo himself. You have to think about turning all the pages of a history book and discovering the complexity: that is Leonardo, that’s why it’s so cool. Now let’s see how it goes with the Portrait of Lecco: it’s a drawing that has suffered, there is an opacity in reading. It’s a design that has also been abused by history It is a particular design that cannot fail to raise questions. It all comes down to how close the drawings categorically dedicated to Leonardo’s hand … we’ll see. Thanks to these new analyses, we may be able to see something we haven’t yet seen that the human eye can’t. Even denial can tell us a lot: Whether or not there is visual evidence, it is always the right answer for me. The paradigm changes, but the path does not.”

Massimo Mazzolini

Portrait of Lecco, drawing under study since 2019

The lyko’s picturenow since 2019, owned by The Gallo Mazzolini family which he obtained through the acquisition of a private individual. Since then, in-depth studies of this optimistic design have gone in every direction until, in recent days, collaborations with Gilardoni X-ray from Mandelo.

“We realized this possibility thanks to Mr. Gianmario Maver This is for more 30 years Work in Gilardoni X-ray – explained Massimo Mazzolini For the Mandello-based company, it certainly represents an interesting experience, for us it clearly represents the possibility of taking another step forward in figuring out this design. There is certainly a lot to work on and so much more to discover, and I think we are still at the beginning of a journey made up of years of study, evaluations, and why not, even conflicting opinions. The truth that emerges, also through Ministry of Cultural Heritage After the studies carried out so far, this drawing by an unknown author is from the Leonardsk Domain. It remains to be seen whether it is attributed to the hand of Leonardo da Vinci. I am also particularly happy to collaborate with Professor Bellini who has been working on this design for a year now.”

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