The story goes like this: “For years it sat on a farmhouse wall gathering dust. And when Fiona McLaren redecorated, she didn’t even take the time to cover the apparently worthless painting in a protective sheet, so it got flicked in specks of paint. However, in an astounding twist it has emerged that the picture is likely to have been the work of master artist Leonardo da Vinci and worth over £100million.”
The Daily Mail reports that “the striking portrait, which shows a woman embracing a young child, was nearly assigned to the rubbish tip on several occasions, but facing financial difficulties Ms McLaren, 59, from Scotland decided to take the painting to an expert for a valuation.
Auctioneer Harry Robertson, the director of Sotheby’s in Scotland, gasped when he saw the art 23ins by 28ins work which had hung on a landing and in a bedroom in London for decades, before being transferred to Scotland when Ms McLaren and her mother moved into a farmhouse
‘I showed it to him [Mr Robertson] and he was staggered, speechless save for a sigh of exclamation,’ said Ms McLaren, according to The People. Mr Robertson took the work to London for further testing by specialists on old masters and next year the painting will be closely inspected by experts at the Hamilton Kerr Institute at the University of Cambridge, where it should be dated conclusively.
Read more at the Daily Mail.
- What they don’t tell you at the Daily Mail is that Fiona Mclaren also just published a book called “Da Vincis Last Commission” which came out last week and the description says: “what if it revealed an incredible secret that the Roman Catholic Church has been desperate at all costs to keep secret for centuries? “Da Vinci’s Last Commission” by Fiona McLaren is one of the most astonishing detective stories in the history of art.”
“What if…?” Uh-oh, where have we heard that one before? Good old Jesus Bloodline…
Here’s another clip from the Daily Mail: “A papal bull – an order from the pope attached to the back of the painting is another significant feature of the painting and has been confirmed as belonging to Pope Paul V who was head of the Catholic Church in the early 17th century. Although much of the wording on the Papal Bull has now disappeared, Fiona says the word for Magdalene is visible.”
Ms McLaren said her father used to call the painting ‘Madonna and Child with John the Baptist, but having spent a decade researching the history of the work, the nurse believes the painting is actually not the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus, but Mary Magdalene and her son.
She thinks the true meaning of the artwork may have been disguised for centuries because such a work would have been considered heretic by the Roman Catholic Church.”
- Sorry, but the whole story sounds too good to be true. Maria Magdalene and Jesus had a child and the Vatican has been keeping this a secret for centuries etc. Kids, this story has been around for a long time. The best version was probably the comic book series “Preacher” created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon in 1995.
Wikipedia about The Jesus Bloodline: “A Jesus bloodline is a hypothetical sequence of lineal descendants of the historical Jesus and Mary Magdalene, or some other woman, usually portrayed as his alleged wife or a hierodule. Differing and contradictory versions of a Jesus bloodline hypothesis have been promoted by numerous books, websites and films of non-fiction and fiction in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, which have almost all been dismissed as works of pseudohistory and conspiracy theory. According to a vast majority of professional historians and scholars from related fields, there is no historical, biblical, apocryphal, archaeological, genealogical or genetic evidence which supports this hypothesis.”