France and Italy mark 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death

President Emmanuel Macron and Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella kick off commemorations to mark 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci died in France, paying their respects to the Renaissance genius in a private visit to his grave. To mark the anniversary Italy, what experts suspect to be a lock of Da Vinci’s hair will be on display for the first time this week.

Macron, Mattarella kick off Leonardo da Vinci commemorations

French President Emmanuel Macron and his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella arrive in Amboise, in central France, to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. IMAGES

Italian President Sergio Mattarella visits Notre-Dame

Italian President Sergio Mattarella visits the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral before meeting his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Touraine to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. The Italian president’s come after months of diplomatic tensions between Paris and Rome over the hardline policies of Italy’s populist government and its support for France’s anti-government “yellow vest” protesters.. IMAGES

Macron, Mattarella kick off Leonardo da Vinci commemorations

French President Emmanuel Macron and his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella arrive in Amboise, in central France, to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. IMAGES

Italian President Sergio Matterella visits Notre-Dame

Italian President Sergio Matterella visits the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral before meeting his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Touraine to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. The Italian president’s come after months of diplomatic tensions between Paris and Rome over the hardline policies of Italy’s populist government and its support for France’s anti-government “yellow vest” protesters.. IMAGES

Today in History for May 2nd

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany’s capital Berlin falls in World War II; Artist Leonardo da Vinci dies; Civil War Gen. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson killed; Nelson Mandela claims victory in South Africa vote; Singer Bing Crosby born. (May 2)

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Researchers prove Leonardo Da Vinci was ambidextrous

Researchers at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence have proved what was suspected for a long time: that Renaissance genius Leonardo Da Vinci was able to write, draw and paint with both hands. The museum’s research and restoration institute confirmed Da Vinci’s ambidexterity by analysing a drawing known simply as Landscape (8P), believed to be his earliest work, dated 1473, when the artist was 21.

Did Da Vinci draw the ‘Nude Mona Lisa’?

It’s undergone a battery of tests and expert analyses, and the verdict is in: a drawing entitled the ‘Nude Mona Lisa’ and kept at the Chateau de Chantilly north of Paris, was created in the workshop of Leonardo da Vinci. Experts say there is a “likelihood” the Italian master participated in its creation.