Earlier this week researchers in Italy announced they have discovered the living relatives of this Renaissance genius.
How would you like to claim Leonardo da Vinci as your blood relative? Thirty-five individuals have recently been informed that they are living relatives of the Renaissance genius — the outcmoe of a process that has taken historians Alessandro Vezzosi and Agnese Sabato over 40 years to complete. Interestingly, one of the living relatives is a prominent part of Italy’s contemporary art scene.
Unfortunately, Da Vinci’s remains have been lost since the 16th century, but the historians painstakingly dug through church, council, and estate documents to trace out a family tree. Da Vinci never fathered children, but he did have many siblings who were the main subjects of the research.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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