After more than 30 years of searching for mural painting of Leonardo da Vinci's long lost, Maurizio Seracini found evidence that the legendary mural was hidden in the wall where he painted in 1503. Some time ago, Seracini and his colleagues report that they have found chemical evidence that the painting titled The Battle of Anghiari work of da Vinci, was behind a mural younger.
The Battle of Anghiari a mural depicting the work of da Vinci battle between Milan and the Italian League-led Republic of Florence, in the field in 1440 Aghiari ago. Mural is in the Palazzo Vecchio's Hall of the 500 (Florence town hall), then in 1563 lost and art historians argue that the work was destroyed when Giorgio Vasari's hall remodel. Vasari to paint six murals along the walls of the new hall from east to west.
Proclaimed Live Science, Friday (03/16/2012), a new mural was made by Vasari did not destroy it. An evidence reveals that da Vinci's mural covered only by a mural titled The Battle of Marciano work of Vasari. To see the mural behind Vasari's work, researchers led by investigators Seracini entering the camera through the six-point, by choosing a position that will not break Vasari painting.
"Although we are still in the early stages of research and there is still much to be done to solve this mystery, evidence has shown that we are not misplaced," said Seracini which is the Founding Director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology at the University of California San Diego.
Support the hypothesis of the location of da Vinci painting, Seracini and his group reported four evidence. First, one of which successfully obtained a sample containing a black material that has a chemical composition similar to the black pigment on the painting of Mona Lisa and St. Petersburg. John the Baptist.
Second, fragments of red material found estimated that consists of organic matter associated with varnish. Third, through the high definition image obtained by surveillance cameras, investigators found a cream-colored material on the original wall, and they can only be made with a paint brush.
Finally, the researchers confirmed the spaces left between the brick wall where the mural work of Vasari, the wall behind him. It has also been found in an earlier study using a radar scanner.