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Not that any of you should start expecting to be the San Diego region’s indispensible source for breaking Leonardo da Vinci news, but since I wrote a story this week that detailed the search for a lost da Vinci masterpiece, I figured I’d pass this tidbit along:

A story out of Paris today reports that the Louvre Museum has discovered drawings on the back of da Vinci’s “Virgin and Child with Saint Anne,” that had gone unnoticed for 500 years. Museum officials said the sketches were likely done by da Vinci himself, and that one resembles those in the “Battle of Anghiari,” which has not been seen since the middle of the 16th century.

My story delved into Maurizio Seracini’s three-decade search for the “Battle of Anghiari.” Seracini is the director of the University of California, San Diego’s Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archeology.


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