Da Vinci sketch is discovered under painting

A NEW picture by Leonardo Da Vinci has been discovered beneath one of the artist's most famous works.

Experts at the National Gallery in London found the drawing using infrared technology underneath The Virgin on the Rocks, which hangs in the gallery.

The sketch, which shows a woman with one hand clutched to her breast, the other outstretched and the beginnings of a baby Jesus, is thought to be the Adoration of the Christ Child.

The scene - popular with Renaissance artists - depicts Mary kneeling before Jesus as a baby.

However, it appears Da Vinci changed his mind and abandoned his first idea.

The drawing is the first discovery of a new Da Vinci work since the 1930s when the Ginevra de' Benci and the Madonna of the Carnation were attributed to him.

Da Vinci was commissioned to paint the Virgin on the Rocks to decorate an altarpiece in a Milan chapel in 1483.

His other works include the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper and the Adoration of the Magi.


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