So far attributed to another artist, the sculpture "The Virgin with the laughing Child" belongs to Da Vinci, says the specialist Francesco Caglioti.
"The Virgin with the laughing Child" may be the only sculpture by Leonardo Da Vinci that survived to our times, say the curators of the Verrocchio exhibition: Il Maestro di Leonardo , which is at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy, for the commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the death of Da Vinci (1452-1519). In the exhibition, which can be visited until July 14, the sculpture, with 50 centimeters, is attributed to Da Vinci and dated 1472, when he was 19 or 20 years old and was still a student of the Florentine artist Andrea del Verrochio (1435-88).
The work belongs to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which acquired it in 1858, and until now it was thought that the sculpture was from another artist, Antonio Rosselino, as was said by the British Museum historian John Pope-Henessy.
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