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a self portrait of Leonardo da Vinci discovered hidden in manuscript
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The Leonardo da Vinci painting was found in December 2008 in south Italy, in an area called Lucania.
The faint pencil sketch has emerged after being hidden for 500 years in one of the Renaissance genius’s most famous manuscripts, the “Codex on the Flight of Birds”, written between 1490 and 1505.
It is thought that Leonardo first made the drawing in the 1480s, then later reused the same piece of paper when he came to write his codex – a Latin term for manuscript – on bird flight.
The journalist, Piero Angela, 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 instead of black, revealing the drawing beneath.
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