"The Last Supper"
Painting by Leonardo da Vinci, courtesy Scala/Art Resource, New York
Location: Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy
Leonardo's work habits frustrated many of his patrons. Many times he was observed staring at his paintings for hours without ever lifting his brush to paint. When the prior of the Santa Maria delle Grazie hounded Leonardo to hurry up and finish his painting of the Last Supper, Leonardo in turn threatened to use the prior as his model for when he painted Judas.
As Handsome as David
Photograph by Erich Lessing/Art Resource, New York
Location: Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, Italy
Many who knew Leonardo wrote about how handsome he was, leading some to debate whether he served as the model for Andrea del Verrocchio's bronze statue of David.
Escaping the Law
Caricature etching by Wenceslaus Hollar; image copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art, courtesy Art Resource, New York
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
As a young man Leonardo was arrested for engaging in sodomy. At that time in Florence the punishment for this crime included fines, exile, branding, or even execution. Luckily for Leonardo, another man accused with him also happened to have strong connections to the influential Medici family. The charges were soon dropped against both of them.
Painting by Michelangelo Buonarroti; photograph courtesy Scala/Art Resource, New York
Location: Sistine Chapel, Vatican Palace, Vatican State
Michelangelo and Leonardo were fierce rivals of one another. Michelangelo once publicly mocked Leonardo on his inability to produce a large-scale bronze statue.
"The Death of Leonardo da Vinci"
Painting by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres; photograph by Gianni Dagli Orti/The Art Archive at Art Resource, New York
French royalty appreciated this depiction of da Vinci dying in the arms of a king (Francis I), but this version of his death is not widely supported.
Protecting the Vasari
Restorers find existing gaps in the Vasari mural that can be used to search for "The Battle of Anghiari."
Behind the Science
The team gathers visible, LIDAR, and radar data and now must place them in a virtual environment.
Incision instruments, sampling tools, and methods for the sample extraction were designed for this project.
Il Leonardo Perduto
Tra scienza e alta tecnologia, le immagini che raccontano momento per momento la ricerca de la Battaglia di Anghiari.
Breve intervista a Dave Yoder, autore delle immagini
Il capolavoro di Leonardo è nascosto dietro l'affresco del Vasari nel Salone dei Cinquecento a Firenze?
Dietro le quinte della trentennale ricerca della "Battaglia di Anghiari"