Yes, this picture was hidden from Hitler, and it’s not because of its cultural and economic value. Many people and experts around the world claim that this self-portrait has mystical power. Unbelievable, right?
Very little is known about the 500-year-old, fragile, fading red chalk drawing of Leonardo da Vinci. But, as we sais, some people think that it has mystical powers. There is a myth in Turin that the gaze of Leonardo da Vinci in this self-portrait is so intense that those who observe it are imbued with great strength.
Some say it was this magical power, not the cultural and economic value of the drawing, that led to it being secretly moved from Turin and taken to Rome during World War Two – heaven forbid it should ever fall into Hitler’s hands and give him more power. And, nobody even knows exactly where it was hidden.
In order to prevent the Nazis from taking it, an intelligence operation saw it transported in absolute anonymity to Rome. But, unfortunately, under these difficult circumstances, preservation was not properly considered. And, back then, they didn’t have the same knowledge and techniques.
Hystoricians think that this self-portrait was made around 1490, and on the back of the painting “Leonardus Vincius” was written (Latin). They say that this means that this is a self-portrait, because DaVinci didn’t sign his paintings.
Leonardo’s Self-Portrait is considered so valuable that it is subject to a state decree of immovability. Yes, the experts say that this self-portrait can only be moved with ministerial permission. Yes, and the transport will involve a special ‘clima box’ able to maintain the same air conditioning systems present in the gallery.