A Master Mural Discovery

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.

1_Leonardo mural via mail online, as seen on Art is Everywhere

Leonardo mural via mail online, as seen on Art is Everywhere

Leonardo mural via mail online, as seen on Art is Everywhere

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.

Rubens painting via discovery.org, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

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.

 

Icebergs

Before I begin this post, I just have to say there was nothing cold about the Saints winning yesterday’s NFL championship. It was a tense, heated game and I’m not even a football fan but this is my hometown team and after all New Orleans has been through, the team, the city, and the people deserve it! Superbowl, here we come…..!

Nature’s Art. These Icebergs are really beautiful and awe inspiring in that they are not man-made. Be sure to click on the video link below to see what you may find in the water….

(Text and photos uncredited from a circulated email)

STRIPED ICEBERGS

Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions.

Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with melt water and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form.

When an iceberg falls into the sea, a layer of salty seawater can freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe.

Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the sea.

These pictures are available because 2008 has been the coldest winter.

Is this amazing??


Antarctica Frozen Wave Pixs – Nature is amazing!
The water froze the instant the wave broke through the ice.
That’s what it is like in
Antarctica where it is the coldest weather in decades.

Water freezes the instant comes in contact with the air.

The temperature of the water is already some degrees below freezing.
Just look at how the wave froze in mid-air!!!

Beware of Leopard Seals — just have a camera with you. This is a fantastic story of a National Geographic photographer’s encounter with a gigantic Leopard Seal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxa6P73Awcg.