Leonardo Da Vinci may have been an Arab, according
to scientists who have studied a single, complete fingerprint found on one of his paintings.
The print, taken from the artist's left index finger,
was discovered after an exhaustive three-year trawl
through his works by researchers at the University of Chieti.
Professor Luigi Capasso, an anthropologist who led
the team, said the central whorl of the fingerprint
was a common pattern in the Middle East.
"Around 60 per cent of the Middle Eastern population
have the same structure," he said.
The revelation will give weight to the increasingly
popular academic theory that Da Vinci's mother,
Caterina, was a slave who came to Tuscany from
Alessandro Vezzosi, an expert on the Renaissance
genius and the director of the museum in his hometown
of Vinci, said: "We have documents that suggest
she was Oriental, at least from the Mediterranean
"She was not a peasant of Vinci. Furthermore, her
name was Caterina, which was very common among
slaves in Tuscany at the time."Link:
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