Apr 13, 2012
Kane Farabaugh reports that Argonne National Lab physicist Robert Smither has joined the CISA3-led team searching for the lost Leonardo da Vinci mural, The Battle of Anghiari, in the Palazzo Vecchio.
Thomas Adamson reports from Paris on the unveiling of a restored da Vinci painting, The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, and notes that 'research team leader Maurizio Seracini of the University of California said [long-lost] The Battle of Anghiari mural could be hidden behind the fresco done by [Giorgio] Vasari years later.'
The local newspaper and CentralJersey.com report on the role grad student Samantha Stout played on the team deployed in Florence to find a long-lost Leonardo da Vinci mural, The Battle of Anghiari.
The English-language newspaper's International section reports on the findings of the joint UC San Diego and National Geographic search for Leonardo da Vinci's lost mural, The Battle of Anghiari.
Kate Deimling asks, 'Could a lost fresco by Leonardo da Vinci have remained hidden behind another wall painting in Florence for more than 450 years? It’s a tantalizing idea, and one that Maurizio Seracini has been pursuing since the 1970s.'
Noah Charney reports that the 'man hunting the lost Leonardo, Maurizio Seracini, has been called the real Indiana Jones. An art-world celebrity, sponsored by National Geographic, [Maurizio Seracini] runs two laboratories, one at UC San Diego, the other in Florence, Italy.'
The online news service for lab professionals reports that 'data supporting the theoretical location of the da Vinci painting, The Battle of Anghiari, was obtained through the use of an endoscopic probe that was inserted through the wall on which the [currently visible Giorgio] Vasari fresco was painted.'
AFP correspondent Dario Thuburn reports in the weekly Burmese newspaper on the discovery of traces of what could be a lost Leonardo da Vinci mural, by a team from UC San Diego and National Geographic.
Shelley Esaak, who writes about art history for the website, recommends that viewers tune in to the National Geographic Channel's documentary, 'Finding the Lost da Vinci," which tracks CISA3's search for Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, 'The Battle of Anghiari.'
Ernesto Ferrara reports that Florence authorities have charged the Opificio delle Pietre Dure to analyze independently the fragments that Prof. Seracini took from inside a wall that may contain the remnants of Leonardo da Vinci's The Battle of Anghiari mural. Officials want the independent analysis before allowing Seracini proceed with further sampling.
The news service reports that in addition to black color found inside a wall of the Palazzo Vecchio that was similar to pigment used for the Mona Lisa, the UCSD scientists also found traces of red lacquer similar to a lacquer used for da Vinci's Adoration of the Magi (which Dr. Seracini also analyzed).
On the Rai2 network, Italy's Voyager science program aired this hour-long documentary, including sequences from its partner, National Geographic. The focus is on CISA3 director Maurizio Seracini and his search for the lost Leonardo da Vinci mural, The Battle of Anghiari. (In Italian)
'Nat Geo in search of the lost da Vinci' is a preview of the channel's worldwide premiere of the new documentary about CISA3's efforts to locate a Leonardo da Vinci mural not seen in nearly 500 years. (In Spanish)
The Middle East news service reports that 'University of California, San Diego researchers say they have found tantalising clues to a mystery that has puzzled the art world for five centuries: the fate of a lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci.'
The Observer Arts correspondent Vanessa Thorpe reports on the search by UCSD and CISA3 researchers, supported in part by National Geographic, for the lost Leonardo da Vinci mural, 'The Battle of Anghiari'.