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Leonardo da Vinci was ambidextrous

Rome / The Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci was ambidextrous, he wrote and painted with both hands, as confirmed by the analysis of his considered first landscape, dated in 1473, when he was only twenty years old.

 

 
The Uffizi Gallery, a Florentine art gallery, reported the work of which it owns was the object of a thorough analysis before being sent to the teacher’s native village, Vinci, in the region of Tuscany, where it will be exhibited in a display on the occasion of the five hundred years of his death in France.

In the painting, we have found two phrases written by Da Vinci, one in the front and one on the back of the drawing, as well as the sketches of a head and a human figure, which would confirm that he used both hands.

The writing which is in the front of the drawing was written in fact with its typical style “a mirror”, from right to left: “Dì di S (an) ta Matia della neve / addj 5 daghossto 1473”, wrote the master in his first landscape, made in ink.

“The combined study of materials, the typical strokes of his writing and the comparison with other documents have shown that the artist made the autograph of the front presumably with the left hand and the one on the back with the right”, the article points out.

In addition, the two sentences written belong “unequivocally” to the “unique style” of the multi-faceted author of La Gioconda.

“Leonardo was born being left-handed, but he was reeducated in the use of the right hand since his childhood”, explains the art historian Cecilia Frosini in the article.

The study has also allowed to delve into the history of this landscape made with ink strokes, his work with a more ancient dating and, therefore, considered by many as the first drawing of this influential artist and scientist.

For his creation, Leonardo used a metal pen with ink based on copper and coal and for the base of the drawing he used a tracing on translucent paper to accurately design the horizon, while vegetation, mountains and rivers are freehand.

The research on drawing has also allowed to delve into its composition and discover that, in reality, it has two different sketches on its back, one superimposed on the other.

“Now, we know for example that he worked with both hands, not only with his famous left hand, and he took care of two different moments in this work, our knowledge of Da Vinci’s art has been enriched”, celebrated the director of the Uffizi, Eike Schmidt. (April 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, el texto habla de... (Mainly, the text talks about...)
A
la infancia de Leonardo da Vinci.
B
un estudio realizado a una obra de Leonardo da Vinci.
C
la celebración del quinto aniversario de la muerte de Leonardo da Vinci.
Question 2
Según ese estudio, Leonardo da Vinci... (According to that study, Leonardo da Vinci...)
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solo escribía con la mano izquierda.
B
nunca fue zurdo.
C
podía escribir tanto con la mano izquierda como con la derecha.
Question 3
En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
A
los expertos no tienen claro si fue Leonardo da Vinci el autor de esas frases.
B
esas frases solo prueban que Leonardo da Vinci escribía con la mano izquierda.
C
no hay dudas de que Leonardo da Vinci escribió esas frases en el dibujo.
Question 4
El análisis de esas frases determinó que es ambidiestro. (The analysis of these phrases determined that he is ambidextrous.)
A
No se sabe.
B
Para nada.
C
Es verdad.
Question 5
Según Schmidt, este estudio... (According to Schmidt, this study...)
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es útil porque se amplía el conocimiento sobre Leonardo da Vinci.
B
no útil para profundizar en el estudio sobre Leonardo da Vinci.
C
no aporta nada nuevo sobre el arte de Leonardo da Vinci.
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Si eres 'zurdo'... (If you are 'zurdo'...)  
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puedes escribir con las dos manos.
B
utilizas de forma natural la mano izquierda.
C
utilizas de forma natural la mano derecha.
Question 2
'Ahondar' es... ('Ahondar' means...)  
A
profundizar en algo.
B
no investigar un asunto.
C
ocultar algo.
Question 3
El artículo determinado para 'carbón' es: (The determined article for 'carbón' is:)
A
la
B
el
C
lo
Question 4
'Datación' es... ('Datación' is...)
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la determinación de la fecha de un documento.
B
la entrega de un documento.
C
una base de datos.
Question 5
Por definición, en una 'pinacoteca' encontrarás... (By definition, you will find in a 'pinacoteca'...)
A
vinos.
B
libros.
C
cuadros.
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El adjetivo 'inequívoca' expresa que... (The adjective 'inequívoca' expresses...)
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algo es confuso.
B
no hay dudas.
C
algo no está claro.
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