My last post was about discovery as much as it was about technical, artistic wizardry. This post is about both as well.
Leonardo da Vinci was a master painter and a technical genius with his talent. He is known the world over for his artistic masterpieces. Imagine the delight of the art world that recent evidence supports that one of his long lost murals, The Battle of Anghiari, has been discovered behind a false wall with Georgio Vasari’s painting, The Battle of Marciano, in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Read further on psychorg.com on exactly how it was discovered. It was scientific technology that helped make the discovery possible, and of course funding and support led by the National Geographic, University of California, San Diego’s (UCSD) Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3), in partnership with the City of Florence. UK’s Daily Mail Online shows very descriptive picture.
Interestingly, this has been a long ongoing search. In 1970, a scientist discovered the words, “cerca trova” written on Vasari’s mural, which translates to “search and ye shall find” and could be a clue itself that a false wall was purposely built to protect Leonardo’s mural before painting Vasari’s visible one. This theory adds to the mystery that only science and technology may be able to prove with “exploratory surgery” of sorts, so the top mural won’t be damaged in the process.
You may have seen this in the news already from other papers:
• Discovery.com shows Peter Paul Ruben’s painting of Leonardo’s Mural, which serves as documentation for its existence.
• Live Science discusses the science behind the discovery.
• The National Geographic provides in depth analysis and their part in the effort.
• ABC News breaks the story and references past Leonardo discoveries as background.
I’m just as amazed at how quickly the news traveled around and what’s new news today may be old news by the time you read this. Here’s The National Geographic’s trailer to their upcoming special with more details on the reality of the Lost da Vinci Mural Revealed.