The battle of Da Vinci

In Entertainment on December 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm

By: Danzig Decsy

             An epic dispute amongst art historians is heating up in Florence, Italy. Art expert and researcher Maurizio Seracini from the University of California believes that he has discovered the hiding place of Leonardo Da Vinci’s unfinished work, The Battle of Anghiari, beneath the already present piece of art by Giorgio Vasari known as The Battle of Marciano. But not everyone is convinced.

             This apparent “discovery” was supposed to signal the end of a 35-year-long hunt for this piece. Seracini supposedly unveiled the lost Da Vinci battle scene painting by inserting small cameras into holes drilled into the visible layer of wall, finding a two-centimeter gap with traces of pigment inside. This led Seracini to believe that Vasari, in an attempt to preserve it, placed The Battle of Anghiari behind a wall and painted over it with his own fresco – his finest work. Now, more and more holes are being drilled into the wall to further identify what lies behind it.       

A copy of Da Vinci's unfinished fresco, The Battle of Anghiari. Photo courtesy of Google images

             However, no act concerning Da Vinci goes unnoticed, and no protagonist exists without an antagonist. Because of the holes being drilled, art researchers, historians and scholars alike are worried that Vasari’s work is being damaged for an uncertain and possibly invalid reason. Many are skeptical that the piece, which was abandoned by Da Vinci in 1504, at the expense of a failed oil painting technique, actually resides under the brick. Others believe that if The Battle of Anghiari is, in fact, hidden behind the wall, it will probably be in less than desirable condition.

                This skepticism has caused 150 angry and concerned art historians from museums across the globe to act. Together, they have signed a petition to stop the drilling in order to protect Vasari’s work. Although the mayor ofFlorenceclaims that the holes will be restored in time, the art historians stated in their petition that the find it “highly unlikely that Vasari has sealed something still legible under a wall.”


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