An image of an exciting find:
The drawing of the martyred St. Sebastian, attributed to Leonardo (Tajan auction house)
In an article by Scott Reyburn in the NYT on-line on the 11th, under the head:
An Artistic Discovery Makes
A Curator’s Heart Pound
A retired doctor visited a Paris auction house in March with a portfolio of drawings. It contained a work now attributed to Leonardo da Vinci and valued at about $15.8 million.
and in print on the 12th, under the head:
A Curator’s Heart Pounds
The discovery of what is believed to be a long-lost drawing by Leonardo da Vinci generates excitement
The story begins:
Paris — It’s an auctioneer’s jackpot dream. A man walks in off the street, opens a portfolio of drawings, and there, mixed in with the jumble of routine low-value items, is a long-lost work by Leonardo da Vinci.
Earlier on this blog, a 5/20/11 posting on the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian as a homoerotic image. An image that appealed to Leonardo, as seen in two authenticated drawings by him, one in the Hamburger Kunsthalle:
and one available through Getty Images: