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Eye disorder may have helped Da Vinci’s art: journal

WASHINGTON: A common eye disorder may help explain Leonardo Da Vinci's talent for three-dimensional representation and the sense of perspective in his mountain landscapes, according to research published in an academic journal. The study looked at two sculptures, two oil paintings and two drawings by the Renaissance master which it said showed "a consistent exotropic strabismus angle of -10.3 degrees". Exotropic strabismus is a form of eye misalignment and is the opposite of crossed eyes, or esotropia. A misalignment…

Hunting for the woman in the ‘African Mona Lisa’

ILE-IFE, Nigeria:  She's been described as "the African Mona Lisa", the subject of a long-lost series of three paintings by the artist considered the father of Nigerian modernism. But like Leonardo da Vinci's most famous portrait, finding out more about the woman in Ben Enwonwu's "Tutu" has so far been elusive, even for her extensive extended family. One of the missing works, which was discovered in a north London flat, goes on sale in the British capital on Wednesday and is expected to fetch 250,000 pounds ($347,000,…

Da Vinci sold for $450 mn is headed to Louvre Abu Dhabi

NEW YORK: "Salvator Mundi," a painting of Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci that recently sold for a record $450 million, is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi in a coup for the bold new museum, it announced on Wednesday. The move became possible after a little-known Saudi price reportedly bought the painting last month. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to bear the Louvre name outside France, has been billed as "the first universal museum in the Arab world," in a sign of the oil-rich emirate's global ambitions. "Da…

Leonardo DiCaprio to play Leonardo da Vinci in new movie

Leonardo Di Caprio has landed the role to play his namesake Leonardo da Vinci in an upcoming movie about the famous artist and man of science. According to Variety, Paramount Pictures had won the rights to make the film after a competitive seven-figure bidding battle with Universal Studios. DiCaprio will also produce the film under his Appian Way banner alongside president of production Jennifer Davisson. ICM Partners brokered the deal for Isaacson and his book, “Leonardo da Vinci,” in advance of its release.…

Mona Lisa’s smile decoded: Science says she’s happy

PARIS: The subject of centuries of scrutiny and debate, Mona Lisa's famous smile is routinely described as ambiguous. But is it really that hard to read? Apparently not. In an unusual trial, close to 100 per cent of people described her expression as unequivocally "happy", researchers revealed on Friday (March 10). "We really were astonished," neuroscientist Juergen Kornmeier of the University of Freiburg in Germany, who co-authored the study, told AFP. Kornmeier and a team used what is arguably the most famous…

Sharbat Gula’s repatriation request accepted

ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has accepted the request of Nat Geo famed Afghan Girl, Sharbat Gula, for repatriation to Afghanistan, ARY News reported. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had last month on 26th arrested the green-eyed lady from the north-western city of Peshawar for forgery of a Pakistani identity card. Later, she was sentenced to imprisonment for 15 days  with a fine of Rs110,000 ARY News reporter Sajjad Haider said her sentence would come to an end on November 09 following which she…