Leonardo: the world’s most famous selfie?


In the north Italian city of Turin, a rare exhibition called “Leonardo and the King’s Treasures” features as its main attraction a drawing widely considered to be Leonardo da Vinci’s self-portrait. It’s seldom on show because displaying it is a risky and costly business.

I was allowed a sneak preview inside the ‘caveau’ – the sealed vault where the red chalk drawing and many other invaluable works are kept.

(first broadcast on Spectrum, Deutsche Welle Radio, 15th December, 2014)

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