Earlier this year at TED2008 in Monterey, California, the artist Siegfried Woldhek unveiled what he believes is the true face of Leonardo da Vinci — through an elegant piece of artistic detective work. Now Woldhek has produced this drawing at left, imagining Leonardo as a young, a middle-aged and an old man, in three-quarter view and in profile, framing a glorious color portrait of Leonardo.
The piece is based on Woldhek’s years of research into the life and appearance of Leonardo, as expressed in his own work — and clearly benefits from Woldhek’s gift for making faces come alive.
You can see a larger version of this drawing on Woldhek’s website (and vote it up or down). Watch his TEDTalk below and see if you agree with his conclusions about the face of Leonardo da Vinci: