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October 18, 2007

"Da Vinci... An Exhibition of Genius" organized by 'RYP Australia' Reveals Details about Mona Lisa


Photo: Da Vinci... An Exhibition of Genius presents "Mona Lisa Revealed": high-tech camera uncovers hidden images in world's most famous painting.

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18 -- Since making its North American debut in San Francisco in August 2007, Da Vinci - an Exhibition of Genius has inspired thousands of visitors with the full scope of Leonardo da Vinci's remarkable genius as an artist, inventor, anatomist, sculptor, engineer and architect. In line with the exhibition's theme of discovery and invention, exhibition organizers RYP Australia announced a new installation unveiling 25 secrets about the most famous painting in the world: Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa."

"Mona Lisa Secrets Revealed" showcases the work of French engineer Pascal Cotte. His life-long passion for the study and preservation of the Mona Lisa led him to invent the cutting edge 240-megapixel Multi-spectral Imaging Camera, which uses patented infrared technology and intense illumination to scan the painting and virtually peel away layers of varnish applied over centuries. With his camera, Cotte was able to uncover how the Mona Lisa looked as she was originally painted, including layers of over-painting, restoration and attempts at preservation -- even identifying the individual pigments that da Vinci used.

Cotte used his camera to scientifically verify and visually recreate 25 secrets of the Mona Lisa that otherwise go unseen. Other discoveries include da Vinci's preparatory drawings, alterations, restorations, and historical events the painting has withstood. Using his Multi-spectral Imaging Camera, Cotte's work resulted in thirteen original photos of the masterpiece, with unequalled accuracy and resolution, showing how the Mona Lisa looked to Da Vinci's contemporaries: blue sky, pink face, brighter mountains, and green trees.

The exhibition now allows the public to see new details, including Mona Lisa's original gaze and smile, new findings regarding the mark on the corner of her eye, and the lace on her dress that has disappeared over time. || StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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