Art hidden under
Da Vinci painting
July 1st 2005
Virgin of the
Leonardo Da Vinci “Virgin of the
Rocks” painting was discovered that there was a drawing of a
kneeling woman with her head bowed down and one arm reaching out.
The technology used to discover this was the infrared X-ray
technique used by curators. Britain's National Gallery revealed
this past Friday that this “Virgin of the Rocks” painting is more
than just a copy as thought as another version hangs in the Louvre
Leonardo Da Vinci was
commissioned by a chapel in Milan in 1483. One copy was likely sold
to a private collector and the other one that is now in the National
Gallery was placed in the Chapel.
"Experts think Leonardo Da Vinci
was probably planning a picture of an adoration of the Christ child,
but abandoned the idea before drawing Jesus as a baby," said BBC
arts correspondent Rebecca Jones.
"However, why he painted over
the work may never be known." Thoughts of secret messages are
abounding with the popular novel by Dan Brown, “The Da Vinci Code”.
The popular book series “The Da Vinci Code” which has
become a best seller, which is in its 56th printing with 7.35
million copies in print at this time, discusses possibilities of coded
messages in Da Vinci’s art work. Since the popularity of the work filming
began on June 29, 2005 for the movie version of this book in Paris'
exclusive and upscale Place Vendome. Expected release date from Columbia
Pictures movie version is set for May 19, 2006.
Best Syndication Staff Writer