Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Lost Leonardo

Watch the video - 60 Minutes, Morley Safer reports
August 17, 2008 10:31 PM
The Leonardo DaVinci masterpiece, The Battle of Anghiari, is thought to be lost forever, but an art detective thinks he has solved the mystery of the missing mural..."We are searching for the number one work of art by Leonardo. It was considered the masterpiece of the Renaissance," Seracini tells Safer....At the University of California, San Diego, Seracini presides over an extremely hi-tech center for diagnosing the health of art treasures, helping to figure out how to restore fragile paintings, even buildings. A tiny fleck of paint can yield answers to who did the work, and when. Seracini has mapped out the Palazzo Vecchio in astonishing detail, using images 100 times sharper than any high definition television.