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Three near-invisible drawings discovered on back of Da Vinci masterpiece

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« on: December 20, 2008, 10:33:38 pm »

The mystery is set in the Louvre and the clues are hidden behind a 16th-century masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci. Remind you of anything?

Lovers of Dan Brown novels will be salivating at the discovery of three previously unknown drawings on the back of one of Leonardo’s major works. A curator spotted the sketches on the back of The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne when it was taken down in September for restoration.

Sylvain Laveissière pointed out some grey marks that had previously been dismissed as stains. To him they resembled a horse’s head and a human skull.

When the painting was photographed with an infra-red camera at the Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France, he was proved right. On the wood on which the work was mounted was an 18cm by 10cm (7in by 4in) equine head and a 16.5cm by 10cm skull, complete with orbital and nasal cavities, jaw and teeth. The camera detected a third drawing, a 15cm-high infant Jesus with a lamb, which was invisible to the naked eye.

More of the story, and a video can be seen here:

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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2008, 02:26:16 pm »

Guess a guy can't doodle without some psycho expert wanting to exploit his meanerings...........


I better burn my scribbles just in case!
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« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2008, 01:40:03 pm »

Making mountains out of mole hills...Ya think?
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2008, 12:14:46 pm »

Very interesting. It does make you wonder.
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