Turning up at a Paris auction house, a small sketch (measuring seven by five inches) stood out to a curator, Thaddée Prate, who took a closer look. Indeed, the double-sided illustration proved to date back to 1482 and was the work of Leonardo da Vinci. While one side depicts Saint Sebastian, “the image is not a straightforward religious depiction: the martyr’s twisted pose and defined, tense muscles exemplify Leonardo’s skilled portrayal of and fascination with human anatomy; the figure even appears to have at least three legs—one of which seems to reveal a femur-like bone.” Valued at around $16 million, the illustration hasn’t been put up for sale just yet. Read more (and find out what’s on the other side of the sketch) at Hyperallergic.
Long-Lost Leonardo da Vinci Sketch Discovered