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  • BBC Imagine Who's Afraid of Machiavelli

    03/25/2014 5:51:30 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 11 replies
    BBC via Youtube ^ | Mar 25, 2014 | BBC
    With performances from Peter Capaldi, imagine. marks the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's notorious book The Prince. Imagine Who's Afraid of Machiavell. This video has been recorded at the international conference on 'Machiavelli's The Prince: Five Centuries of History, Conflict, and Politics' at Brunel Unive. Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Nicolo Machiavelli's seminal work The Prince The BBC's Tim Wilcox discusses Machiavellian ideals vs modern Italian politics.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s viola organista debuts … 500 years after its design

    12/02/2013 9:57:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/01/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    It looks and plays like a piano, but it sounds like a string quartet — and it took 500 years before anyone built it. Leonardo da Vinci’s flight of fancy in designing a hammerless piano, called a “viola organista,” has come to life half a millenium after da Vinci designed it, thanks to a Polish concert pianist and musical engineer. It couldn’t have sounded any better in da Vinci’s head (via Brad Thor and Dan Gainor): A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years after it was dreamt up...
  • Listen To A Crazy Piano Invented By Leonardo Da Vinci

    11/23/2013 10:55:16 AM PST · by Dysart · 24 replies
    Leonardo da Vinci, in between doing stuff like painting the best-known piece of art in the world, apparently had time to sketch up a quick blueprint for an instrument: the "viola organista," a piano-violin hybrid that he never built. It looks just like a piano, and plays like one, too, but instead of the hammers that connect to strings and play notes, cranks wrapped with horse-hair like violin bows rub the strings. The resulting sound is familiar but strange, something like a church organ that's just a little on the tipsy side.
  • Viola organista made by Slawomir Zubrzycki [a la Leonardo da Vinci]

    11/20/2013 3:29:03 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 14, 2013 | Sławomir Zubrzycki
  • Leonardo da Vinci painting lost for centuries found in Swiss bank vault

    10/04/2013 1:28:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3:32PM BST 04 Oct 2013 | Nick Squires By Nick Squires, Rome
    It was lost for so long that it had assumed mythical status for art historians. Some doubted whether it even existed. But a 500-year-old mystery was apparently solved today after a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci was discovered in a Swiss bank vault. The painting, which depicts Isabella d’Este, a Renaissance noblewoman, was found in a private collection of 400 works kept in a Swiss bank by an Italian family who asked not to be identified. It appears to be a completed, painted version of a pencil sketch drawn by Leonardo da Vinci in Mantua in the Lombardy region...
  • Mona Lisa's Skeleton? Scientists Perform DNA Testing, Digital Reconstruction On Da Vinci's Neighbor

    08/09/2013 11:54:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Headlines and Global News ^ | 08/09/2013 | By Rebekah Marcarelli
    Researchers may have found the "Mona Lisa" model's skeleton. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons) Scientists are on a mission to find the model for the "Mona Lisa," they plan to dig up centuries-old graves and digitally reconstruct the face of a choice skeleton. Experts believe the model for the famous "Mona Lisa" painting was Leonardo da Vinci's neighbor, Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo, ANSA reported. Several skeletons found in a Florence convent last year could be the remains of the model. Experts plan to identify the most likely candidate and compare the DNA with a body believed to be her son. "Right...
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s Groundbreaking Drawings of the Unborn

    01/28/2013 2:59:58 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    First Things ^ | January 28, 2013 | Matthew Schmitz
    Between 15010 and 1512, Leonardo da Vinci drew the human fetus with startling and unprecedented accuracy.According to Arizona State Univeristy’s Embryo Project Encyclopedia, Leonardo is regarded as “the very first in history to correctly depict the human fetus in its proper position within the womb. He was also the first to expertly draw the uterine artery and the vascular system of the cervix and vagina.”Scientific advances, beginning with Leonardo and culminating in the ultrasound, have played no small part in helping us recognize the fetus’ human face. These chalk and ink images, then, should be seen as a minor milestone...
  • Younger, happier Mona Lisa painted 10 years earlier, experts believe

    10/01/2012 5:51:27 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 54 replies
    Discovery News via FoxNews ^ | September 27, 2012 | Discovery News
    Leonardo da Vinci painted a younger and happier Mona Lisa some 10 years before painting the famous painting, art experts are claiming. Slightly larger in size than the famous portrait,‭ ‬which now hangs in the Louvre in Paris,‭ ‬the painting features‭ ‬a darker tonality,‭ ‬a different and unfinished background framed by two columns,‭ ‬and‭ ‬shows a younger lady with a less enigmatic smile. Known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa,‭ ‬the artwork will be unveiled in Geneva on Thursday by the Mona Lisa Foundation,‭ ‬a Zurich‭-based consortium which has‭ ‬kept the painting in a Swiss bank vault for‭ ‬40‭ ‬years....
  • Is This An Early 'Mona Lisa?'

    09/28/2012 7:03:40 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 7 replies ^ | 28 Sept 2012 | Mark Memmot
    The Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation said today that it has evidence that a painting that first came to light in the late 1800s is an early "Mona Lisa" also done by Leonard Da Vinci. Known as the "Isleworth Mona Lisa," the painting is a "portrait of a young woman with an enigmatic smile" much like the famous work of art in The Louvre, as The Associated Press writes. The foundation, which was created for the specific purpose of researching the history of the "early Mona Lisa," says it believes the painting was created 11 or 12 years before the more...
  • Two Leonardos found in 'Last Supper'

    08/19/2012 6:32:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 53 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 18, 2012
    ROME, - A British art expert says two of the figures in Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper" are actually self-portraits of the artist. Ross King said this week that while not a lot is known about Da Vinci's physical appearance at the time he painted "The Last Supper," he is confident the noses on two of the apostles are a giveaway. King has concluded the long hair, beards and Greek noses on the two matched up with a portrait of the Italian master drawn years later. Greek noses and prominent hair, King said, were "rarities for an Italian...
  • Possible da Vinci painting found in Scottish farmhouse; could be worth $150 million

    08/07/2012 3:34:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Yahoo ^ | August 7, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Fiona McLaren, 59, had kept an old painting in her Scottish farmhouse for decades. She reportedly didn't think much of the painting, which had been given to her as a gift by her father. But after she finally decided to have the painting appraised, some experts are speculating that it may in fact be a 500-year-old painting by Leonardo da Vinci and potentially worth more than $150 million."I showed it to him [auctioneer Harry Robertson] and he was staggered, speechless save for a sigh of exclamation," said Ms. McLaren, according to The People.The Daily Mail says the painting may be...
  • Did Leonardo da Vinci Copy his Famous 'Vitruvian Man'?

    01/31/2012 11:28:21 AM PST · by presidio9 · 26 replies · 1+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 1/31/12 | Natalie Wolchover
    Leonardo da Vinci's drawing of a male figure perfectly inscribed in a circle and square, known as the "Vitruvian Man," illustrates what he believed to be a divine connection between the human form and the universe. Beloved for its beauty and symbolic power, it is one of the most famous images in the world. However, new research suggests that the work, which dates to 1490, may be a copy of an earlier drawing by Leonardo's friend. Another illustration of a divinely proportioned man — the subject is Christ-like, but the setting is strikingly similar to Leonardo's — has been discovered...
  • Artist Believes He's Found Secret Code in the Mona Lisa

    12/09/2011 2:33:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    News5 ^ | 12/9/2012
    A New York artist believes he's "cracked the code" of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" painting. Ron Piccirillo stated on his blog that the painting is an optical illusion with one painting hidden within another. He refers to a "secret that has been hiding for five hundred years" as he claims to have found a lion's head, an ape head and a buffalo head in the painting while turning it around. "I had first Googled this, but could not find anything on it," he stated. "How could something like this have gone unnoticed for five hundred years?" The key to...
  • The Last Supper – The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci

    10/24/2011 8:56:37 AM PDT · by sussex · 4 replies
    The Aged ^ | 24/10/11 | The Aged P
    The Last Supper is one of the most famous of Leonardo’s pictures. Commissioned by da Vinci’s patron, Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, it was painted on a wall inside the convent of Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan in the 1490s. The Last Supper had always been a popular subject for devotional painting but Leonardo’s interpretation lifted the image to a higher plane in terms of art.
  • A New Theory for "Mona Lisa"

    02/02/2011 4:26:26 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 2 2011 | Mike Krumboltz
    For centuries, people have been speculating about who modeled for Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa." Was it Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine merchant? Was it Isabella of Aragon? Was it the artist himself, as some experts believe? Or was it, as new research suggests, none of the above? An Italian art historian, Silvano Vinceti, believes the model for the "Mona Lisa" was a man named Gian Giacomo Caprotti, better known as Salai, a male apprentice (and possible lover) of da Vinci...
  • Leonardo Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' reveals more secrets

    04/07/2010 1:00:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies · 1,692+ views
    EurekaAlert ^ | March 30, 2010
    Universite de Montreal researchers decode food served in legendary painting Montreal, March 30, 2010 – The Last Supper – relentlessly studied, scrutinized, satirized and one the world's most famous paintings – is still revealing secrets. Researchers Olivier Bauer, Nancy Labonté, Jonas Saint-Martin and Sébastien Fillion of the Université de Montréal Faculty of Theology have found new meaning to the food depicted by Leonardo Da Vinci's famous artwork. "We asked ourselves why Da Vinci chose those particular foods, because they don't correspond to what the Evangelists described," says Bauer. "Why bread, fish, salt, citrus and wine? Why is the saltshaker tipped...
  • Da Vinci ‘predicted world would end in 4006’ says Vatican researcher

    03/15/2010 4:15:52 PM PDT · by WinOne4TheGipper · 44 replies · 1,057+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 15, 2010 | Richard Owen
    A date for your diary: Leonardo da Vinci predicted that the world would end on November 1, 4006, according to a Vatican researcher. Sabrina Sforza Galitzia said the clues were to be found in da Vinci’s Last Supper mural. The central half-moon window, or lunette, above his painting of Christ with his disciples before the Crucifixion contains a “mathematical and astrological” puzzle which she has deciphered, she said. She claimed to have worked out that da Vinci foresaw the end of the world in a “universal flood” which would begin on March 21, 4006 and end on November 1 the...
  • Fr. George Rutler: Copernicus greater than Leonardo da Vinci and...

    10/26/2009 3:48:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 606+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | October 26, 2009 | Carl Olson
    ... Galileo, both of whom, of course, are more famous—at least in popular culture—than the Polish genius. From a recent column: Copernicus, son of a Polish father and German mother, was a priest and the temporary administrator of the diocese of Frauenburg. As a Renaissance man, he put Leonardo da Vinci in the shade, although painting seems to be the one art that did not claim him as a master. After studies in the universities of Krakow (where Pope John Paul II studied and taught), Bologna, Padua and Ferrara, he became a prominent jurist and mathematician and also practiced medicine...
  • Leonardo fingerprint reveals $150 million artwork

    10/15/2009 1:26:32 AM PDT · by bogusname · 7 replies · 624+ views
    npr ^ | October 14, 2009 | The Associated Press
    A portrait of a young woman thought to be created by a 19th century German artist and sold two years ago for about $19,000 is now being attributed by art experts to Leonardo da Vinci and valued at more than $150 million. The unsigned chalk, ink and pencil drawing, known as "La Bella Principessa," was matched to Leonardo via a technique more suited to a crime lab than an art studio — a fingerprint and palm print found on the 13 1/2-inch-by-10-inch work. Peter Paul Biro, a Montreal-based forensic art expert, said the print of an index or middle finger...
  • Fingerprint points to $19,000 portrait being revalued as Ł100m work by Leonardo da Vinci

    10/13/2009 1:57:21 AM PDT · by Stoat · 20 replies · 2,083+ views
    Antiques Trade Gazette ^ | October 12, 2009 | Simon Hewitt
    Art Market Fingerprint points to $19,000 portrait being revalued as Ł100m work by Leonardo da Vinci 12 October 2009   ATG correspondent SIMON HEWITT gains exclusive access to the evidence used to unveil what the world’s leading scholars say is the the first major Leonardo Da Vinci find for 100 years.   New scientific techniques have uncovered evidence that this picture is a previously unrecognised work by Leonardo da Vinci.  Is this 13 x 9in (33 x 24cm) portrait, in chalk, pen and ink on vellum, mounted on an oak board, a long-lost work by Leonardo da Vinci? That...
  • A High-Tech Hunt for Lost Art

    10/06/2009 6:22:58 PM PDT · by BGHater · 8 replies · 780+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 06 Oct 2009 | JOHN TIERNEY
    If you believe, as Maurizio Seracini does, that Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest painting is hidden inside a wall in Florence’s city hall, then there are two essential techniques for finding it. As usual, Leonardo anticipated both of them. First, concentrate on scientific gadgetry. After spotting what seemed to be a clue to Leonardo’s painting left by another 16th-century artist, Dr. Seracini led an international team of scientists in mapping every millimeter of the wall and surrounding room with lasers, radar, ultraviolet light and infrared cameras. Once they identified the likely hiding place, they developed devices to detect the painting by...
  • Booksellers hope for lucky 'Symbol'

    09/14/2009 12:09:09 AM PDT · by Saije · 4 replies · 443+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/14/2009 | Connie Ogle
    The real mystery surrounding Dan Brown's sequel to The Da Vinci Code doesn't involve Catholic cults or revisionist Christianity. It's whether the return of Robert Langdon can help publishers drag themselves up from one of the lower circles of economic hell. The Lost Symbol goes on sale Tuesday, six years after The Da Vinci Code sold 80 million copies in 51 languages, and booksellers and publishers are hoping its appearance will inspire Brown's fans to pick up a little something extra. Maybe the new Edward Kennedy memoir True Compass, which goes on sale Monday. ``We're hoping the book drives people...
  • 15 Da Vinci War Machines

    08/10/2009 9:25:17 AM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 1,634+ views
    The Toy Zone ^ | 30 July 2009 | TTZ
    The Great Leonardo Da Vinci designed many weapons, including giant crossbows, machine guns, siege towers, cluster bombs and even a precursor to the modern-day tank. 1. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Terminator Leonardo Da Vinci’s mechanical knight was not discovered until 1957, when Carlo Pedretti discovered it, hidden amongst Da Vinci’s countless designs. The mechanical knight, first sketched by DaVinci in 1495, was mentioned in 1974, in the Codex Madrid edited by Ladislao Reti, but there was no attempt to reconstruct it until 1996 when Mark Rosheim published an independent study of the robot, followed by a joint enterprise with the Florence...
  • Da Vinci artworks stored in a cave during WW II

    01/10/2009 5:50:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 1,308+ views
    Western Mail ^ | Jan 9 2009 | Sally Williams
    DRAWINGS by Leonardo da Vinci on show at a Welsh coastal town were previously stored there in a wartime “secret cave of masterpieces”, researchers have discovered. A travelling exhibition of 10 of the Italian genius’s works is currently on display at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. But workers delving into the institution’s archives last night revealed how the images once arrived in the town on the eve of World War II, along with other priceless masterpieces. Medi Jones-Jackson, communications officer for the library, said: “It’s been discovered that the works were originally here 70 years ago – evacuated from...
  • Video: Three near-invisible drawings discovered on back of Da Vinci masterpiece

    12/19/2008 12:52:51 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 1,449+ views
    timesonline ^ | December 19, 2008
    The mystery is set in the Louvre and the clues are hidden behind a 16th-century masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci. Remind you of anything? Lovers of Dan Brown novels will be salivating at the discovery of three previously unknown drawings on the back of one of Leonardo’s major works. A curator spotted the sketches on the back of The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne when it was taken down in September for restoration.
  • Real-Life 'DaVinci Code' Found on Back of Masterpiece

    12/18/2008 11:51:10 AM PST · by TaraP · 27 replies · 1,796+ views
    Fox News ^ | Dec 18th, 2008
    It is the discovery of three almost invisible drawings on the back of Leonardo da Vinci's Virgin and Child With Saint Anne in the Louvre museum in Paris that has the French art world screaming "Sacre bleu!" Reminiscent of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, the mysterious sketches were found by experts looking into restoring the sixteenth-century masterpiece. They were detected when a curator noticed that some of the gray marks behind Virgin and Child With Saint Anne resembled a horse's head. An infrared photo confirmed his suspicion and revealed two other sketches: a human skull and the infant Jesus with...
  • Is Battlestar Galactica being sacrilegious with this picture?

    03/28/2008 3:41:36 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 38 replies · 1,111+ views
    Is Battlestar Galactica being sacreligious with this picture? I myself say no, but I realize than some people get offended at just about anything!Source
  • Da Vinci's works on exhibit in Saxony

    03/09/2008 11:46:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 272+ views
    PressTV Iran ^ | Monday, March 10, 2008 | unattributed
    A Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition focusing on his fascination with machines opens in the Museum of Industry in the German city of Saxony. The exhibition which opened on Sunday includes more than 40 wooden models of his inventions, including Archimedes screws, lifting devices, pulleys and flywheels. The exhibition will be open until June 15. One of the advantages of this particular exhibition is that the visitors are permitted to touch many of the exhibits and try them out for themselves, DPA reported. Da Vinci was a superb painter as well as designer of buildings and machinery and produced studies on...
  • German experts crack Mona Lisa smile (discovers model's identity)

    01/14/2008 6:13:34 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 29 replies · 535+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 14, 2007 | Sylvia Westall
    German academics believe they have solved the centuries-old mystery behind the identity of the "Mona Lisa" in Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait. ADVERTISEMENT Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy Florentine merchant, Francesco del Giocondo, has long been seen as the most likely model for the sixteenth-century painting. But art historians have often wondered whether the smiling woman may actually have been da Vinci's lover, his mother or the artist himself. Now experts at the Heidelberg University library say dated notes scribbled in the margins of a book by its owner in October 1503 confirm once and for all that...
  • Codex Atlanticus by Leonardo Da Vinci is being damaged by mould

    12/21/2007 9:04:51 PM PST · by Aristotelian · 8 replies · 213+ views
    London Times ^ | December 22, 2007 | Richard Owen in Rome
    Leonardo Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus, the largest collection of drawings and writings by the Renaissance master, is being destroyed by mould because of lack of restoration funds. The mould has stained and damaged many of the 1,200 sheets in the codex, kept at the Ambrosian Library in Milan and bound in 12 volumes. The damage was discovered by Carmen Bambach, an American scholar from the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She said that there were “a large number of stains” and “swellings” in the paper of the codex. She raised the alarm by informing Monsignor Gianfranco Ravasi, then the head...
  • Did Da Vinci Hide God's Face In Painting

    12/06/2007 7:49:29 PM PST · by blam · 119 replies · 4,491+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-7-2007 | Aislinn Simpson
    <p>A new storm is brewing in the world of Da Vinci theorists after a mysterious group claimed it has used mirrors to uncover hidden biblical images in some of the great master’s most famous works.</p> <p>The Mirror of the Sacred Scriptures and Paintings In recent years, art history scholars have unveiled Templar knights, Mary Magdalene, a child and a musical script hidden in the Italian’s paintings.</p>
  • Italian musician uncovers hidden music in Da Vinci's 'Last Supper'

    11/09/2007 8:47:01 PM PST · by RDTF · 12 replies · 168+ views ^ | Nov 9, 2007 | AP
    ROME, Italy (AP) -- It's a new Da Vinci code, but this time it could be for real. An Italian musician and computer technician claims to have uncovered musical notes encoded in Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper," raising the possibility that the Renaissance genius might have left behind a somber composition to accompany the scene depicted in the 15th-century wall painting. "It sounds like a requiem," Giovanni Maria Pala said. "It's like a soundtrack that emphasizes the passion of Jesus." Painted from 1494 to 1498 in Milan's Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the "Last Supper" vividly depicts a key...
  • Musical score reportedly found in 'Last Supper'

    11/10/2007 4:05:10 PM PST · by madison10 · 25 replies · 70+ views
    BBC ^ | November 10, 2007 | AP
    Music 'hidden' in Last Supper art detail of The Last Supper The painting's loaves of bread allegedly correspond to notes A computer technician has claimed to have cracked a real Da Vinci code, by finding musical notes encoded in the masterpiece The Last Supper. Leonardo Da Vinci left clues to a 40-second musical composition in his painting, Giovanni Maria Pala said. Each loaf of bread in the picture represents a note, he said, which combine to sound "like a requiem". Alessandro Vezzosi, director of Tuscany's Da Vinci museum, said the theory was "plausible". The 15th century painting depicts Jesus' last...
  • Engineers to search for Leonardo fresco [Battle of Anghiari]

    10/28/2007 11:45:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 428+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Monday October 22, 2007 | Frances D'Emilio
    The hunt for the "Battle of Anghiari," ...which Leonardo began in 1505 to commemorate the 15th-century Florentine victory over Milan at Anghiari, a medieval Tuscan town... unfinished when Leonardo left Florence in 1506... was given new impetus about 30 years ago, when Seracini noticed a cryptic message on a fresco in the hall by Giorgio Vasari, a 16th-century artist famed for chronicling Renaissance artists' labors. "Cerca, trova" -- "seek and you shall find" -- said the words on a tiny green flag in the "Battle of Marciano in the Chiana Valley." ...A few years ago, using radar and X-ray scans,...
  • Da Vinci's Last Supper: New Conspiracy Theory

    07/30/2007 2:22:56 PM PDT · by blam · 71 replies · 3,847+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-30-3007 | Matthew Moore
    Da Vinci's Last Supper: New conspiracy theory By Matthew Moore Last Updated: 9:35am BST 30/07/2007 It is a conspiracy theory worthy of a Dan Brown novel. The composite version of the Last Supper, created by superimposing the original with its mirror image New claims that Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper contains a hidden image of a woman holding a child are provoking a storm of interest on the internet. The figure allegedly appears when the 15th Century mural painting is superimposed with its mirror image, and both are made partially transparent. The 'woman' leans across the group in Christ's...
  • Secret image ‘found’ in Last Supper

    07/26/2007 7:03:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 127 replies · 16,147+ views
    Italy Magazine ^ | July 26, 2007
    An Italian IT expert claims to have found a secret image of the Virgin Mary and a Knight Templar inside Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper.Pesci Slavisa said the image can only be seen in a certain light and that he had to use his computer skills to reveal it.“I noticed a strange effect, like a shadow, when I was looking through a magazine with a reproduction of The Last Supper,” the 36-year-old explained.“So I scanned the painting and printed it onto a transparent sheet, which I then laid over the original image.“The result is a new painting with...
  • Musicians unlock mystery melody in chapel (Scottish Church featured in DaVinci Code)

    05/02/2007 6:28:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies · 1,294+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 1, 2007
    A Scottish church which featured in the best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" has revealed another mystery hidden in secret code for almost 600 years.A father and son who became fascinated by symbols carved into the chapel's arches say they have deciphered a musical score encrypted in them.Thomas Mitchell, a 75-year-old musician and ex-Royal Air Force code breaker, and his composer and pianist son Stuart, described the piece as "frozen music.""The music has been frozen in time by symbolism," Mitchell said on his Web site (, which details the 27-year project to crack the chapel's code."It was only a matter...
  • 'Mona Lisa' died in 1542, was buried in convent

    01/20/2007 6:18:40 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies · 883+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 20, 2007
    An expert on the "Mona Lisa" says he has ascertained with certainty that the symbol of feminine mystique died on July 15, 1542, and was buried at the convent in central Florence where she spent her final days. Giuseppe Pallanti found a death notice in the archives of a church in Florence that referred to "the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, deceased July 15, 1542, and buried at Sant'Orsola," the Italian press reported Friday. Born Lisa Gherardini in May 1479, she is thought to have been the second wife of Del Giocondo, a wealthy silk merchant, with whom she had...
  • ‘Mona Lisa’ died in 1542, buried in Florence

    01/19/2007 8:52:36 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 32 replies · 1,311+ views
    AFP ^ | 19 Jan 2007 | AFP
    ROME - An expert on the “Mona Lisa” says he has ascertained with certainty that the symbol of feminine mystique died on July 15, 1542, and was buried at the convent in central Florence where she spent her final days. Giuseppe Pallanti found a death notice in the archives of a church in Florence that referred to “the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, deceased July 15, 1542, and buried at Sant’Orsola,” the Italian press reported Friday. Born Lisa Gherardini in May 1479, she is thought to have been the second wife of Del Giocondo, a wealthy silk merchant, with whom...
  • Hunt for Da Vinci painting will resume[Missing "Battle of Anghiari"]

    01/14/2007 3:33:39 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 9 replies · 1,290+ views
    AP ^ | 13 Jan 2007 | ARIEL DAVID
    A real-life Da Vinci mystery, complete with tantalizing clues and sharp art sleuths, may soon be solved, as researchers resume the search for a lost Leonardo masterpiece believed to be hidden within a wall in a Florence palace. Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli and officials in the Tuscan city announced this week they had given approval for renewed exploration in the Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of power for various Florence rulers, including the Medici family in the 16th century. There, some researchers believe, a cavity in a wall may have preserved Leonardo's unfinished painted mural of the "Battle of Anghiari" for...
  • Experts reconstruct Leonardo fingerprint

    12/02/2006 8:59:39 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 299+ views
    Yahoo! AP ^ | Fri Dec 1, 2006 | Marta Falconi
    The research was based on a first core of photographs of about 200 fingerprints -- most of them partial -- taken from about 52 papers handled by Leonardo in his life... The artist often ate while working, and Capasso and other experts said his fingerprints could include traces of saliva, blood or the food he ate the night before. It is information that could help clear up questions about his origins... "The one we found in this finger tip applies to 60 percent of the Arabic population, which suggests the possibility that his mother was of Middle Eastern origin," Capasso...
  • Copy of Mona Lisa provides insight into original

    09/26/2006 3:48:28 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 27 replies · 1,202+ views
    CBC Arts ^ | Sept. 24, 2006
    An early copy of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, which has bright colours believed to reflect the original painting, will go on display in London for the first time since 1902. The original Mona Lisa painting hangs in the Louvre in Paris. (Canadian Press) The Dulwich Picture Gallery will exhibit a reproduction once owned by portrait painter Sir Joshua Reynolds, who received it from the Duke of Leeds in 1790. ..... The reproduction is wider than the original, showing a pair of columns flanking the figure that are only hinted at in Leonardo's version. As well, the colours are much...
  • V&A turns down Bill Gates loan over 'draconian' restrictions

    09/26/2006 3:32:30 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 4 replies · 586+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Sept. 26, 2006 | Paul Arendt
    The Victoria and Albert Museum turned down an offer from Bill Gates to exhibit a rare Leonardo da Vinci notebook because of "draconian" security measures specified by advisors to the Microsoft founder. Organisers of the V&A's Leonardo da Vinci exhibition were keen to include a series of pages from the Codex Leicester, a collection of Da Vinci's notes and drawings. However, Gates's representatives insisted on a series of restrictions governing how, when, and under what conditions the pages could be shown.
  • 'Miami Vice' Far Less Than a Universal Thriller at the Box Office (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/04/2006 8:57:35 AM PDT · by abb · 86 replies · 1,423+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 4, 2006 | Lorenza Muńoz
    The studio could lose as much as $30 million on the movie, dashing parent GE's hopes. GE was counting on "Miami Vice" to sizzle at the box office this summer. But fizzle is closer to the truth. At a cost of at least $235 million to make and market, the remake of the iconic 1980s TV cop show was the biggest bet of the year for the company's studio Universal Pictures. During an earnings call with financial analysts in July, GE's chief financial officer singled out the stylish crime drama as a coming bright spot for the third quarter. That...
  • Military robo-surgeon prepares for battle

    08/28/2006 7:17:52 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 1 replies · 303+ views ^ | 24 August 2006 | Tom Simonite
    Life-saving operations on soldiers in combat zones could become possible thanks to a portable robotic surgeon that allows doctors to perform surgery on the battlefield without endangering themselves.Surgical robots that can be operated remotely are already used in some civilian hospitals. These include a system called "da Vinci" made by US company Intuitive Surgical, and another system called ZEUS, made by US firm Computer Motion. However, these existing systems are large and cumbersome, taking up much of an operating room. Now Blake Hannaford and colleagues at the University of Washington, in Seattle, US, have come up with a system small...
  • "Da Vinci Code" takes in $750 million

    08/16/2006 1:50:18 PM PDT · by dpwiener · 57 replies · 1,352+ views ^ | August 16, 2006 | Brandon Gray
              > ALL TIME BOX OFFICE         WORLDWIDE GROSSES #1-100 - #101-200 - #201-300 - #301-302(in millions) Rank Title Studio Worldwide Domestic / % Overseas / % Year 21 The Da Vinci Code Sony $750.0 $217.3 29.0% $532.7 71.0% 2006 22 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe BV $744.8 $291.7 39.2% $453.1 60.8% 2005
  • "Da Vinci Code" graffiti appears on door of Catholic Church

    06/08/2006 1:44:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 639+ views
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle ^ | June 8, 2006 | Beth Slovic
    A vandal or vandals spray-painted words from "The Da Vinci Code" on the front doors of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Main Street late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.A groundskeeper at the church discovered the graffiti around 11 a.m. Wednesday and was visibly disheartened.A funeral was scheduled to take place at the church in the afternoon.The message sprayed in black paint read, "So DARK the con of man." That same message is a clue in the plot of "The Da Vinci Code," the best-selling novel by Dan Brown that has been made into a movie.The grafitti also included...
  • The Portable Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code Alert)

    06/03/2006 4:18:41 PM PDT · by beyond the sea · 36 replies · 1,491+ views ^ | 6/1/06 | Mike Adams
    I used to think The Koran was the best book to read in the airport, simply because carrying it guarantees you’ll never get searched by airport security. Later, I decided that The Book of Mormon was better because it guarantees the person sitting next to you will never start a conversation during the flight. Now, I’ve decided – once and for all, I think – that The Da Vinci Code has both of them topped. Toting Dan Brown’s book is far better than toting the aforementioned works of fiction because it helps to identify my least favorite segment of American...
  • Interview: Standing behind the stormy campaign around the Da Vinci Code are Masons

    05/30/2006 8:13:52 AM PDT · by x5452 · 24 replies · 574+ views
    Interfax ^ | 29 May 2006, 18:24
    Standing behind the stormy campaign around the Da Vinci Code are Masons whose aim is to marginalize the Christian Church Deacon Andrey Kurayev, professor at Moscow Theological Academy and well-known Orthodox theologian, sought to dispel some of the myths underlying and referred to in the Da Vinci Code novel, in an interview to Interfax-Religion. - The stormy campaign around the Da Vinci Code, unexpected but also intriguing for many, has unwittingly put in one’s head the thought about its possible instigators. Simply speaking, qui prodest – who benefits from it? - The Da Vinci Code is a typical conspiracy work...
  • "DaVinci Code" Box Office Drops 55.9% From Previous Week

    05/30/2006 6:27:27 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 95 replies · 1,781+ views
    Box Office Mojo ^ | 5/30/06 | Reaganesque
                                      Weekend Gross        Percent change from previous week The DaVinci Code      $34,000,000            -55.9% Over the Hedge          $26,875,000            -30.1% I looked for this info in the MSM and didn't see it. I could have missed it but all I saw was "'DaVinci' continues strong overseas".