Mona Lisa painter Leonardo da Vinci was solely half-Italian and his mom was a slave who was trafficked to Italy from the Caucasus area, new analysis has claimed.
Carlo Vecce, who research Da Vinci’s life and work, unveiled the findings in Florence on the launch of his new ebook.
Experts have principally agreed that Da Vinci’s mom was known as Caterina and the artist was born in 1452.
His father was mentioned to be a younger Florentine notary known as Ser Piero da Vinci.
Beyond these particulars, there was little proof to help quite a few theories about Da Vinci’s background.
But now Mr Vecce has claimed to have discovered a beforehand unknown doc written by Ser Piero da Vinci within the State Archives in Florence.
The doc is dated November 1452 – when the longer term painter and Italian cultural icon would have been six months previous – and is an act of liberation of a slave known as Caterina by Monna Ginevra.
Monna was the spouse of a “Florentine adventurer”, who was the proprietor of slaves from the Black Sea area.
Mr Vecce mentioned the doc was written by the identical man “who loved Caterina” when she was a slave and gave her a baby and helped to set her free.
He advised NBC News: “When I saw that document I couldn’t believe my eyes.
“I by no means gave a lot credit score to the idea that she was a slave from overseas.
“So, I spent months trying to prove that the Caterina in that notary act was not Leonardo’s mother, but in the end all the documents I found went into that direction, and I surrendered to the evidence.”
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He added: “At the time many slaves were named Caterina, but this was the only liberation act of a slave named Caterina Ser Piero wrote in all his long career.
“Moreover, the doc is stuffed with small errors and oversights, an indication that maybe he was nervous when he drafted it, as a result of getting another person’s slave pregnant was a criminal offense.”
The Caucasus area between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea contains elements of southern Russia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.