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Features May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

Da Vinci part deux

 
     

As if he hadn’t messed with our heads enough in Dan Brown’s bestseller The Da Vinci Code, Leonardo is once more teasing us with the possible discovery of his long lost masterpiece “Battle of Anghiari.” UCSD alumnus, Maurizio Seracini, ’73, is the scientific gumshoe hot on the trail of the fresco, unseen since 1563. Seracini believes he may have found the lost da Vinci hidden behind a fresco by another sixteenth century artist, Giorgio Vasari, in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Seracini’s Florence-based company Editech used infrared, thermographic, ultraviolet and other kinds of scanners to probe the walls.

Seracini founded Florence-based Editech in 1977 and estimates that he’s worked on some 2,000 paintings, including 31 works by Raphael and three others by da Vinci. He is also, in an odd twist, the only non-fictional modern character to be found in Brown’s Code.

Will Seracini find the lost da Vinci? Watch this space, or any television set in the world, if he does.

Contributors to Making Waves: Malinda Danziger, '00, Jessica Demian, Karla DeVries, '04, Inga Kiderrra, Paul Mueller.

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"...Leonardo is once more teasing us with the possible discovery of his long lost masterpiece “Battle of Anghiari.”