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Nuclear Physicists on the Hunt for “Lost da Vinci” Painting

Preparatory Sketh for Battle of Anghiari

Nuclear physicists are actively hunting for Leonardo da Vinci’s famous lost painting, the “Battle of Anghiari.” The historical Battle of Anghiari took place in 1440 between Milan and the Republic of Florence. Leonardo was commissioned to record the historic event in 1504 by Nicollo Machiaveli for one of his Florentine patrons. The painting is referenced not only in legal papers (signed by the infamous statesman himself) as well as in Da Vinci’s own notebooks – including several preparatory sketches and studies.

Many scholars believe that the painting still exists hidden underneath later frescoes in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Physicists have developed a special camera capable of taking photographs through a five-foot thick wall in the hopes of identifying the painting without damaging the existing paintings.

To learn more about the investigation and development of this technology, see this article on FoxNews.

 

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