Fine Art/Art lingo


Sort of a trivia question. When shortening Leonardo DaVinci's name, do saavy art people ever refer to him as "DaVinci," or is he always just "Leonardo?" The issue is whether someone might unknowingly reveal their ignorance of the art world by saying, for instance, "Oh yes, I love anything by DaVinci." Thanks in advance for your willingness to entertain such a petty question. Really, a lot is riding on it :-)

Dear Patrick, I am not responsible if you lose and have to attend a Julia Roberts film ! I would have to say even with artsy fartsy people it would depend upon the context of the conversation. If you were talking about Old Master painters, "Leonardo" would be commonly used and understood. In all other context with arty people or others only "DaVinci" would be universally understood.

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Daniel A. Hynes


Collecting, buying, selling, identifying, and caring for paintings, drawings,and watercolors (19th and early 20th century American and European). No prints, contemporary art, or works executed after 1940.


35 years as a fine art dealer, including 3 years as a gallery director. Also was art expert for Leslie Hindman's Auctioneers, and for Dunning's Auction.

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