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Big ideas under the dome: Maurizio Seracini

Tuesday 12 August 2014, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Village Roadshow Theatrette
Entry 3, La Trobe St
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The Search for Da Vinci’s 'Battle of Anghiari'

Leonardo’s lost Battle of Anghiari mural is one of the biggest mysteries in the history of Western art. The artwork was painted by Leonardo in 1505, in the Hall of the 500 in the Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of government in Florence. The painting was considered one of the highest achievements of the Renaissance. Nevertheless, just a few decades after its completion, the mural disappeared during the remodelling of the hall carried out by Giorgio Vasari, architect for the Medici family.

Using investigative x-ray and thermographic technologies, Professor Maurizio Seracini has been searching for Leonardo's lost masterpiece since 1975. In this absorbing discussion, Professor Seracini will talk about his long quest, the technology that he has used and the latest results of his research.

Maurizio Seracini is a Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Monash University, a National Geographic Fellow and a scholar in applying science and engineering technologies to the interdisciplinary study of art, architecture and archaeology.