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Research of a hand-written text in a painting of Leonardo da Vinci

   Research 7 Research of a hand-written text in a painting 

   On the photograph of the painting there is an area with a partially readable hand-written text in Latin letters. 

 

 

 

 

 

Leonardo da Vinci Self-portrait №3

 

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Photograph of the painting with a partially readable hand-written text 

Considering the following facts

1. Features of Leonardo Da Vinci's handwriting - from right to left (mirror-writing);

2. Defining characteristics of letters and their elements (private signs of handwriting) occur when writing- and motor skills are developing and can be seen in any kinds of written records made by this particular person;

The comparative analysis was carried out on the mirror reflection of this hand-written text in the photograph of the area of the painting.

 

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Mirror reflection of this hand-written text in the photograph 

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Handwriting in a mirror reflection of Leonardo da Vinci

  

A comparative research of the available general and private signs of the handwriting in a mirror reflection of the hand-written text in the picture and features of Leonardo Da Vinci's mirror-writing revealed coincidences in some general (slant, connectivity, form of the baseline), and also the following private signs of handwriting:

 

1. Extension of motion while writing the right element of a letter – increased vertically;

2. Mode of motion while writing: an arc-shaped upper part of the right element of a letter;

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3. Type of motion connection while writing elements of a letter – with intervals;

4. Mode of motion while writing the lower element of a letter – arc-shaped;

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5. Direction of motion while writing the final part of the right element of a letter - from right to left from the bottom up;

6. Extension of motion while writing the right element of a letter – increased vertically;

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7. Stroke thickening in the lower part of a letter.

8. Motion placement while writing the letter “o”-  both the starting point and the end and are located at the top;

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9. Number of motions while writing the letter "T" is increased, because of the additional stroke in the left part of the horizontal element

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10. Mode of motion while writing the left element – curvy;

11. Mode of motion while writing the right element – arc-shaped;

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  Together with coincidences, distinctions are certain general and private signs, including those which can be explained by different conditions of writing, and also by a limited number of the presented samples (the distinctive signs which can be explained, are marked in the photograph in blue) are noted. A combination of the established matching signs of the handwriting allows us to draw a conclusion that the hand-written text in the painting whose photo image is presented for the research was written by Leonardo Da Vinci.