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Finding the Lost Da Vinci -- With Slide Show

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Could one of Leonardo da Vinci's lost works of art be hidden between a wall of an ornate building and another masterpiece? It's a captivating theory that has had one prominent scientist chasing a legend for more than 30 years.

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 4:53 pm
Thanks Kit. I read about this lost Da Vinci work in the 80's when I was deep into the study of the Italian language and art. The professor of Italian Renaissance art said that Leonardo had experimented with using wax with the paint and that the experiment turned out to be a failure...hence it was painted over. That Vasari preserved it is something new.(to me) and exciting. Most people would consider a failure by Leonardo more valuable than the best work of most any other artist.

Freya H (357)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 6:48 pm
Leonardo was one clever cat, eh? BTW his last name is NOT "Da Vinci." That means simply "of Vinci."

Kity W. (0)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 8:59 pm
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Kerrie G (116)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 11:15 am
Noted, thanks.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 11:28 am
Freya H. is right. He was named " Lionardo di ser Piero da Vinci"

Born April 15, 1452
Vinci, Italy, near Florence

Leonardo had no surname in the modern sense, “da Vinci” simply meaning “of Vinci”: his full birth name was "Lionardo di ser Piero da Vinci", meaning "Leonardo, (son) of (Mes)ser Piero from Vinci". The inclusion of the title "ser" indicated that Leonardo's father was a gentleman.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 11:29 am
I really hope they find this painting.

Kit B (276)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 12:25 pm

Ummm, do I give it away or do I not? They did find it, though it took nearly 30 years of work, dealing with the politics and each new form of technology. He also found the lost work of Leonardo called "The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne", he is an art sleuth. The Sherlock Holmes of lost art.

Yep. As was normal practice of the times. Catherine de Medici was Catherine of Medici. For many years in the past people took the sir name of their fathers or the town, city-state of birth. What is of importance that this and another of piece Leonardo's work was found and restored by Maurizio Seracini. The man was driven by a quest to discover the painting.

Maurizio Seracini is the director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3) at the University of California San Diego's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). He is a pioneer in the use of multispectral imaging and other diagnostic tools as well as analytical technologies as applied to works of art and structures. He has studied more than 2,500 works of art and historic buildings.

Seracini joined Calit2 in 2006, more than thirty years after graduating from UCSD with a B.A. in bioengineering in 1973. Seracini returned to Italy for graduate school and received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering from the University of Padua, where he went on to study medicine. From 1975-77, he participated in the Leonardo Project to locate the long-lost fresco, "The Battle of Anghiari" (a project sponsored by the Armand Hammer Foundation, Kress Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution). In 1977, Seracini established Editech, a Florence-based company that was the first to provide art and architectural diagnostic services. In 1979 he co-founded the Interdisciplinary Center for Ultrasonic Diagnostics in Medicine, also in Florence.

Since 1980, Seracini has lectured at institutions in Italy and abroad, including Argentina and the United States. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Florence in its School of Engineering, School of Architecture, and School of Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences. He has also lectured at the International University of Art in Florence; the University of Ca' Foscari (Venice); and the University of Calabria (Cosenza), where he remains an adjunct research professor in the School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Humanities.

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Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 1:22 pm
Allora, lionardo e'gli uomo piu intelegente d'tutti. E'per d'piu vegeterano 500 anni fa!

Kit B (276)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 3:11 pm

Yes, Leonardo da Vinci was a vegetarian. This quote is attributed to him:

"Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men." ~ Leonardo da Vinci


Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 4:04 pm
Very interesting.

Florence Eaise (132)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 5:35 pm
beautiful thanks

Robert Hardy (68)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 10:26 pm
Incredible story.

Suzanne L (99)
Friday June 15, 2012, 8:04 am
Noted. It will be interesting to see what they come up with.

Carole Cherne (35)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 9:30 am
There is another lost DaVinci that was found hidden in a former cardinal's old book. Leonardo may have more surprises in store for us yet!

M B (62)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 2:49 pm
very interesting.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 5:28 pm
Thanks Kit--interesting post.

Robert Hardy (68)
Monday June 18, 2012, 9:02 pm
Been there and done that!

. (0)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 12:00 pm
Thanks Kit - I found it fascinating.
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