Announcing the Linder Gallery Prize

Ron Cordover Artist, Mysterious Masterpiece, Patron, Provenance 3 Comments

Can you help discover who painted the Linder Gallery? Much evidence has been uncovered about the origins of the Linder Gallery over the past fifteen years. We now know with reasonable certainty that the painting was commissioned by German merchant Peter Linder and that it involved significant intellectual input from Urbino mathematician Mutio Oddi. It appears to have been painted …

Review of A Mysterious Masterpiece in Leonardo

Jeff Cordover Mysterious Masterpiece, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Amy Ione has published a review of A Mysterious Masterpiece in Leonardo. Here’s an excerpt: “A Mysterious Masterpiece. The World of the Linder Gallery introduces the Linder Gallery painting to a broad audience through an in situ conversation of six specialists and generalists who discuss the work in the owner’s (Ron Cordover’s) living room. Thus, it is an unusual book …

Rubens and the Linder Gallery, excerpt from A Mysterious Masterpiece

michaeljohn Artist, Mysterious Masterpiece, Patron, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Who are the  three conversing figures shown in the Windsor Drawing, almost certainly a preparatory drawing for the Linder Gallery? The excerpt below from  A Mysterious Masterpiece: The World of the Linder Gallery proposes a hypothesis:

Others See it Yet Otherwise: The Cosmic Systems

michaeljohn Allegory, Astronomy, Mathematics, Mysterious Masterpiece 2 Comments

At the front of the green octagonal table in the Linder Gallery, very prominently positioned in the painting, is a scrap of paper bearing three competing systems of the universe: the Ptolemaic earth-centred system at the top left, the sun-centred Copernican system (prohibited by the Inquisition since 1616) and the compromise system of the Danish astronomer, Kepler’s mentor Tycho Brahe, …