Published on Sun Nov 20 2011

A self-portrait of young Leonardo

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

Leonardo da Vinci's self-portrait in red chalk is one of his most famous drawings. The sketch is partially covered by written notes, which can be used to compare the two.

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Abstract

One of the most famous drawings by Leonardo da Vinci is a self-portrait in red chalk, where he looks quite old. In fact, there is a sketch in one of his notebooks, partially covered by written notes, that can be a self-portrait of the artist when he was young. The use of image processing, to remove the handwritten text and improve the image, allows a comparison of the two portraits.