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SCI/TECH: "Cerca Trova" may point to long-lost da Vinci Masterpiece

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posted on Jun, 21 2005 @ 09:48 AM
"Cerca trova" - seek and you shall find - reads the green flag in Giorgio Vasari's "Battle of Marciano in the Chiana Valley", a 16th Century fresco located in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio. Now radar and x-ray scans conducted in 2002 and 2003 have detected a cavity behind the section of wall the message is on, and Maurizio Seracini, an Italian art researcher, thinks it may hold Leonardo's unfinished masterpiece mural, the "Battle of Anghiari".
The long-lost "Battle of Anghiari," considered Leonardo da Vinci's best work, could lie hidden behind a wall of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, say art experts.

Maurizio Seracini, a world-renowned expert in art diagnostics whose investigations are referred to in Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, said a recent conference he had found a suspicious cavity behind the council room's east wall.

The wall now houses a mural by 15th-century painter, architect and writer Giorgio Vasari.

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It would be fantastic to say the least if this turns out to be true. A da Vinci masterpiece known today only through his preparatory studies and copies made by other artists hidden behind a wall in the Palazzo Vecchio for nearly five hundred years? I wonder how they propose to go in there and get it out? Right now they are faced with another year of work using microprobes to verify their findings.

posted on Jun, 21 2005 @ 10:02 AM
I understand them not wanting to damage the fresco the hidden hollow is behind but dont walls generally have 2 sides?

Why cant they come into the hollow from behind the fresco? Is there another fresco on the other side of the wall?

posted on Jun, 21 2005 @ 10:14 AM
Even better would be to 'probe' from below the cavity between the walls.
That would be safer for the exploration, as gravity would take care of any dust or debris.

posted on Jun, 21 2005 @ 10:21 AM
Could they not like x-ray the wall or something?

posted on Jun, 21 2005 @ 12:18 PM
Heh, read line 1 of the introduction. X-ray scans lead to this initial discovery.

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