One of the great mysteries in the art world is the disappearance of a mural by Leonardo da Vinci. For centuries, “The Battle of Anghiari” was known as the “lost Leonardo” and believed to be destroyed. But now, using cutting-edge technology and art analysis, a bioengineer is convinced the work is hidden in the walls of the Palazzo Vecchio. ‘Da Vinci Detective’ Maurizio Seracini explains the technology and theories behind his quest.
This event is free with admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Leonardo Bonanni is a Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Media Lab. He has a background in architecture and sculpture from Columbia University and has been working as an industrial designer and an inventor for the past six years. Since 2007 Bonanni has been developing new interfaces for art diagnostics and restoration with Maurizio Seracini. Together they are developing a set of digital tools for open and collective analysis of artworks online and in the physical world.
Maurizio Seracini is a pioneer in the use of multispectral imaging to examine works of art. Using diagnostic and analytical technologies, he has studied over 2,500 works of art and historic buildings, including major works by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael, Caravaggio. In 2008, Italy’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage named Seracini to lead the scientific search for a long lost mural by Leonardo. Not seen in 450 years, Seracini may soon reveal the mystery of “The Battle of Anghiari.”
In 1977, Seracini established Editech, a Florence-based company that was the first to provide art and architectural diagnostic services. He is the Director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3) at the University of California, San Diego, where he is also an Adjunct Professor in the Structural Engineering department. Seracini is a National Geographic Fellow. He graduated from UC San Diego in 1973 with a degree in bioengineering, and holds the Laurea degree in electronic engineering from the University of Padua.