Lost Leonardo mural looked for with new high tech gadgets by UC San Diego researchers in Florence

In 1505 Leonardo da Vinci began painting a mural – to commemorate the Battle of Anghiari – in the Palazzo Vecchio’s Great Hall, the seat of government in Renaissance Florence. Shortly after beginning, it is reported that the mural sustained damage (a technique flaw?), wasn’t fixed or finished by the artist and then covered over with another mural. UC San Diego researchers in Florence explore new ways to search for lost Leonardo mural.

Above, UC San Diego grad student David Vanoni uses an endoscopic probe on the wall behind which The Battle of Anghiari mural is believed to be hidden. This is just one of the many fascinating projects being conducted by students in IGERT programs all over the country (there are also several more projects from UC San Diego, including one on using crowdsourcing to find the tomb of Genghis Kahn and one on genetics. Right now, videos of these projects are available for viewing and the public can comment and vote for their favorite ones. Igert.org/competition2012

See this entire article at http://phys.org/news/2012-05-uc-san-diego-florence-explore.html

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  42. It’s absolutely amazing that this can be done! Being completely ignorant of any of the processes used to uncover a mural under a mural, it just seems as if it would be impossible. Obviously not though. Forgive me for asking a stupid question, but do you have to destroy the top mural in order to find the original?

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