Verrocchio sculptures by student da Vinci?

Were two of the sculptures in Andrea del Verrocchio's silver altar panel Beheading of the Baptist actually created by the artist's student assistant Leonardo da Vinci? Gary M. Radke, a professor of the humanities at Syracuse University, thinks so. The work will be on exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.

The two figures differ greatly from others in the work, leading Radke to believe that they might have been created by da Vinci, who would have been a young artist at the time. Verrocchio's silver altar will be on display as part of Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius, which opens at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta on Oct. 3, 2009.