Angel of Leonardo da Vinci
Announcing Angel kept in the Pieve di San Gennaro in Tuscany
An extraordinary sculpture in polychrome terracotta depicting the Announcing Angel returns home, which scholars attribute to a young Leonardo Da Vinci.
After a long restoration carried out by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, the work was repositioned in a display case inside the Church of San Gennaro in Capannori in the province of Lucca.
Every Saturday and Sunday it is possible to visit the church of San Gennaro to admire the splendid statue of the Announcing Angel 131 cm high and depicting the Archangel Gabriel. It is the largest of the sculptures attributed to the genius of the Renaissance.
Carried out at the end of the fifteenth century and placed in the Pieve di San Gennaro in Capannori, the work suffered serious damage in 1773 when, according to some documents, it fell into pieces after being hit by a ladder.
The restoration, which lasted less than a year, was carried out by the Ceramic, Plastic and Glass Materials sector of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, under the direction of Laura Speranza.
The art critic Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti was the first to argue that the work had been created by the Bottega del Verrocchio of which Leonardo was also a pupil and from here the possible attribution to the genius of Vinci descended.
Among the various illustrious art historians who have supported this thesis there is also that of Carlo Pedretti, the greatest scholar of Leonardo, who in 1999 attributed it precisely to a young Leonardo.
The hypothesis: is it the face of Leonardo Da Vinci?
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