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The search for a lost Da Vinci painting

Leonardo Da Vinci seems to be showing up in a lot of fictional mysteries, but this time it’s real: Researchers believe a Da Vinci painting may be hidden behind a mural in Florence, Italy.

Their goal was to solve one of art history’s greatest mysteries – whether Vasari preserved a long-lost work of Leonardo Da Vinci, “The Battle of Anghiari,” behind his own.

With the swipe of a finger, one used the tablet’s custom-built software to virtually peel away layers of pigment, plaster and brick, stripping the centuries-old wall to its bones. Drawing on decades of studies that shot energy through the wall at various wave lengths, it produced shadowy pictures of ancient fissures, bricked-over windows and a mysterious air pocket.

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Story: Jason Felch, LA Times | Photo: LA Times/MCT

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