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Leonardo's Last Supper 'hides two self-portraits'

'Greek nose, long hair and beard' spotted by British expert

Leonardo's Last Supper 'hides two self-portraits'

(ANSA) - London, August 17 - Two self-portraits of artist Leonardo da Vinci as a young man are hidden in plain site in his masterpiece The Last Supper, according to new findings by British art critic Ross King. King, who is the author of the international bestseller Brunelleschi's Dome, is suggesting Leonardo styled two of the apostles in the painting, including Thomas, in his likeness. Very little is known about Leonardo's physical appearance when he was young, aside from the "rare beauty" which seems to have characterised his features if Renaissance painter and art historian Giorgio Vasari is to be believed. Many art connoisseurs for time had suspected da Vinci may have immortalized himself in one of his paintings, following similar practices by renowned artists Andrea Mantegna, Benozzo Gozzoli and perhaps even Michelangelo in his Sistine Chapel fresco. To date, however, no-one had identified where this could have taken place. "So far, no-one had scoured the Last Supper for a portrait of Leonardo," King said in an interview with the Independent newspaper. King points to proof of the existence of the alleged two self-portraits in the painting in a poem written by a friend of the artist, Gasparo Visconti, in the 1400s. The verses of the text contain references to a possible insertion of self-portraits in the paintings, according to King. The art expert also points to a sepia portrait of Leonardo drawn by one of his assistants, showing he had a Greek nose, long hair and a beard, all "rarities for an Italian man of that period". The two apostles in the Last Supper also have these characteristics, King claims.

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