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There is a Da Vinci in the abbey of Tongerlo?

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There is a Da Vinci in the abbey of Tongerlo?

02 may 2019 at 07:10 pm

| Paul Demeyer, bbd

Of The last Supper hangs a copy in the abbey of Tongerlo, made in the workshop of Leonardo da Vinci. But an American professor is suspected that John was painted by the master himself.

Invisible slow shuffles the hyper-spectral camera from Imec about The Last Supper. Looking, feel to the layer under the paint. Where Da Vinci and his pupils have drawn …

Invisible slow shuffles the hyper-spectral camera from Imec about The Last Supper. Looking, feel to the layer under the paint. Where Da Vinci and his pupils have drawn before it is painted. These drawings will finally answer the question: how much of this fabric is from the hand of the master himself.

Brother Ivo Cleiren, curator of the Da Vinci museum in Tongerlo, looking at the camera, folds his hands again over his white habit and then points to his Last supper. ‘See, that’s the character to the left of Jesus. That is Andreas. For fifty years, I see this painting in our monastery hang. Only recently I noticed the second eye of Andreas. Even me, this painting is the surprise.’

Faces scan

To you all the secrets to unravel, they come from the USA. Jean-Pierre Isbouts is the engine behind this company. The art historian from the university of Santa Barbara believes that the technology of the Leuven-based Imec, the hand of Da Vinci. ‘The art world holds its breath. No one can the name Tongerlo speak, but all The Vinci-connoisseurs know, however, that here A Last Supper hangs and want to know how many Da Vinci’s inside.’

On the scans of the face of John, Isbouts already lines to trace. Lines that a drawing seem to form in the style of Da Vinci. It would still be true that Da Vinci is effective meeschilderde to one of the main characters? Isbouts tempers immediately: ‘It is much too early to draw any conclusions. Experts will have the signatures of Tongerlo compare with signatures that are 100 percent sure of The Vinci. You still need months of patience.’

Against our colleagues of the VRT is the American a little more convinced. John is painted with a special technique: sfumato. That is the same technique as with the ‘Mona Lisa’, and according to professor Jean-Pierre Isbouts controlled only Da Vinci himself that technique as well. Also that John is very androgynous – male and female at the same time – convinced the Us expert.

But certainly he is not. Perhaps, the analysis of the paint him further. If the pigments are the same that in the studio of Da Vinci, were used, then Tongerlo one giant step closer to world fame.

150 million worth

Abbot Ivo Cleiren shake admiringly the head. But should he head did not break on the question of what he will do if it turns out that here is a real Da Vinci, depends, which, according to Isbouts perhaps 150 million euro worth? The abbot makes a wegwerpgebaar. “A time ago, came here every night to a manager, pray for the cloth. The only way he could be the stressful day and then as a husband and father to go home. That is priceless.’

How was this ‘Da Vinci’ in Tongerlo?

The story begins in 1520. The French king Louis XII is in the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. On one of the walls, painted by Da Vinci twenty years before his famous Last Supper.

“I should have,” says Louis, and Da Vinci in his studio to make a copy. Louis XII takes it with him to Paris, gives it to his minister cardinal which it resells to the Norbertines who just had a new monastery in Tongerlo. There have since.

‘A pity that so few Flemish people, this work came to see’, says the abbot Ivo Cleiren. For three euros you can here a whole day to come and watch. That is still better than 12 euro pay and drumming for a quarter of an hour for the original in Milan?’

Yourself the Da Vinci of Tongerlo admire? That can be from 1 may to 30 september every day between 14 and 17 hours in the abbey of Tongerlo. Access: three euros.

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