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Leonardo da Vinci Masterpiece Lost in 16th Century May Have Been Found; TV Documentary Will Tell the Story

Mar 13, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A Leonardo da Vinci mural that was lost in the 16th century may have been found in Florence, Italy, behind a fresco another artist painted, CNN reports.

The story reports: “Da Vinci painted "The Battle of Anghiari" on a wall of the Hall of the 500 of the Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of Florence government, in 1503, but the masterpiece was lost during a restoration project 50 years later. The theory is that when artist Giorgio Vasari created his mural "The Battle of Marciano," he erected a brick wall in front of da Vinci’s plaster wall, effectively preserving the older masterpiece.”

Art researchers have found paint that appears to match pigment from da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” the story reports.

The report adds: “Da Vinci’s work was commissioned to commemorate the Republic of Florence’s victory over Milan in the battle on the plain of Anghiari in 1440. While da Vinci was believed to have not been satisfied with the result, in which he used new techniques, art historians said it was a much-studied masterpiece in its day.”

The National Geographic Society and the University of California, San Diego’s Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology are leading the research effort in partnership with the City of Florence.

A documentary on the project, "Finding the Lost da Vinci," is set for Sunday, March 18, on the National Geographic Channel.

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