‘Da Vinci’ artwork sells for record $450m

Dr Tim Hunter, who is an expert in Old Master and 19th Century art, told the BBC . . . “Da Vinci painted less than 20 oil paintings and many are unfinished so it’s incredibly rare and we love that in art.”

BBC News online, November 16, 2017

The artist’s name is Leonardo; da Vinci is not a surname but means that he came from the town of Vinci. He should be called Leonardo or Leonardo da VinciĀ  in the first reference and Leonardo subsequently. I would have expected BBC types to know this but obviously not. Moreover, it is inconceivable that an art expert would make this elementary error, so someone must have made up his quote or changed it. If I were Dr Tim Hunter I would be very angry at being made to look a fool.

NB Dan Brown’s book The Da Vinci Code must be responsible for a lot of ignorant people thinking that Da Vinci (or da Vinci) is correct.

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