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  • Looking For The Lost Da Vinci

    A tourist photographs of a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's "La Battaglia di Anghiari" (The Battle of Anghiari) at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Nov. 30, 2011. Researchers may have discovered traces of the lost mural by poking a probe through cracks in a 16th century fresco painted on the wall of one of Florence's most famous buildings.
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  • Looking For The Lost Da Vinci

    Dr. Maurizio Seracini poses for a photo during a press conference announcing the beginning of endoscopic search to find da Vinci's fresco in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Nov. 30, 2011. The research was led by Seracini and conducted by the National Geographic Society, the University of California at San Diego, and the city of Florence.
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  • Looking For The Lost Da Vinci

    Art restorer Alberto Felici of the Opificio delle Pietre dure tests the Giorgio Vasari mural on the east wall for areas that need restoration and might also allow exploratory entry of an endoscope to search for da Vinci's lost "Battle of Anghiari."
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  • Looking For The Lost Da Vinci

    Fresco restorer Alberto Felici, right, watches as the drilling begins on the Vasari fresco.
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  • Looking For The Lost Da Vinci

    Restorers and scientists from University of California San Diego work on the platform while looking for the lost Leonardo da Vinci mural in the Hall of 1500 in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio.
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  • Finding The Lost Da Vinci

    The words "Cerca Trova," or "Seek and you will find," were left by Vasari on his mural almost 500 years ago.
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  • Looking For The Lost Da Vinci

    Official Art restorer Fabrizio Bandini drills a hole into the fresco painted by Giorgio Vasari in the 1500sl. To find samples of pigment of the wall behind a space previously discovered under the Vasari, work, experts slipped probes through areas where paint on the outer wall's fresco was either cracked or flaked off, noted Cristina Acidini, the head of Florence's cultural heritage and museums.
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  • Looking For The Lost Da Vinci

    A sampling tool about to be placed into the Vasari wall to extract material for analysis. For one sample, a probe was slipped into a spot near a downward thrusting sword in Vasari's work. For another sample, the probe went through a point near the head of a horse, with its eye open wide as if startled.
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  • Looking For The Lost Da Vinci

    Dr. Maurizio Seracini and restorer Fabrizio Bandini from the Opificio delle Pietre Dure drills through holes made available in their restorations. The holes are entered with an endoscope in the search for the lost Leonardo mural "The Battle of Anghiari."
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  • Looking For The Lost Da Vinci

    Dr. Maurizio Seracini threads an endoscope into the 500-year-old wall to look for the lost da Vinci.
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  • Looking For The Lost Da Vinci

    Photographer Dave Yoder studies different copies of "The Battle of Anghiari."
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