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LONDON (Reuters) - Art curators have uncovered a new Leonardo Da Vinci drawing hidden beneath the surface of one of the Renaissance artist's most celebrated works, Britain's National Gallery said on Friday.
Da Vinci painted two versions of The Virgin of the Rocks between 1483 and 1508. London's picture has long been regarded as an inferior copy of the original now in the Louvre in Paris.
National Gallery curators found the uncompleted drawing while researching how Da Vinci copied his original, using infrared scanning to see through layers of paint on the London picture.
They discovered two levels of underdrawing: one for The Virgin of the Rocks, and another beneath for a different picture, showing the Virgin with outstretched arms.