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New Da Vinci portrait uncovered

By T.K. Randall
March 2, 2009 · Comment icon 4 comments

Image Credit: Leonardo Da Vinci
A previously unseen sketch of a young Leonardo Da Vinci has been discovered underneath some writing on a page of his 'Codex On The Flight of Birds'. The sketch which was drawn some 500 years ago was meticulously restored over several months by gradually removing the black text to reveal the picture underneath.
It sounds like a plot from a Dan Brown thriller but Italian researchers believe they have discovered a previously unknown self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci drawn when the artist was a young man. The delicate pencil sketch has emerged after being hidden for 500 years in one of the Renaissance genius's most famous manuscripts, Codex On The Flight of Birds, written between 1490 and 1505."


Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (4)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 16 years ago
I wonder if there were any other options to reveal the artwork that would still save the text? I know it might not sound all that important erasing a page's worth compared to find a self-portrait, but imagine if a screw up happened.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Melioth 16 years ago
Maybe he was short on paper and erased the drawing to write something down. Kidding. But what material did he use to draw his portrait? Because if it was ink it would be kind of hard to erase it.
Comment icon #3 Posted by MindFire 16 years ago
^if you read the article, they say that's what they think actually happened.
Comment icon #4 Posted by ToySouljah 16 years ago
I wonder if there were any other options to reveal the artwork that would still save the text? I know it might not sound all that important erasing a page's worth compared to find a self-portrait, but imagine if a screw up happened. The actual document isn't being destroyed They are "digitally erasing" the ink. If you read the article it says that they "enlisted the help of art historians, Carabinieri police forensic experts and graphic artists to tease out more detail from the ghostly image. Over months of micro-pixel work, graphic designers gradually "removed" the text by making it white ins... [More]


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