Lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece ‘found hidden’ behind Giorgio Vasari painting, researchers say

By on Mar 13, 2012 in Arts, Europe, Lifestyle Comments

A team of researchers reportedly found a clue of a long-lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, which is sometimes being referred as “The Lost Leonardo“, behind a 16th century painting of Giorgio Vasari in Florence, Italy.

Maurizio Seracini (left), working on the search
for the lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece
behind the Giorgio Vasari painting

Image Credit: Dave Yoder/NationalGeographic.com

According to a press release by National Geographic on Monday, March 12, 2012, project workers found out that evidence that could possibly solved the 500-year old mystery of the lost Leonardo da Vinci painting titled “The Battle of Anghiari“.

Apparently, the material found behind the Vasari wall was said to have shown a chemical composition similar to black pigment found in brown glazes on Leonardo‘s “Mona Lisa” and “St. John the Baptist“.

The data supporting the theoretical location of the da Vinci painting “The Battle of Anghiari” was noted to have been obtained through the use of an endoscopic technology where a probe was inserted through the wall on which the Vasari‘s “Battle of Marciano” was painted.

As noted in the report, the research effort was led by the National Geographic Society and University of California, San Diego’s (UCSD) Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3), in partnership with the City of Florence.

“These data are very encouraging. Although we are still in the preliminary stages of the research and there is still a lot of work to be done to solve this mystery, the evidence does suggest that we are searching in the right place.” National Geographic fellow Maurizio Seracini, founding director of UCSD CISA3, was quoted in the report.

Seracini, an engineer by training and now is being considered to be one of the world’s leading experts in the field of art diagnostics, began searching for the mural more than 30 years ago, and has conducted laser, thermal and radar scans of the Hall to determine that the possible location of the da Vinci painting.

Meanwhile, the research of “The Battle of Anghiari” will be the subject of the documentary titled “Finding the lost Da Vinci“, which a worldwide premiere on the National Geographic Channel to start this Sunday, March 18, including a broadcast in the US that night.

Apparently, the said TV special can also be watched in Italy on Tuesday, March 20, at 9 p.m. (local time) on National Geographic Channel HD (Sky platform, channel 403), which is also available in more than 173 countries around the world.

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