Art diagnostic expert Maurizio Seracini, director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology at the University of California, San Diego, and the only non-fictional living character mentioned in "The Da Vinci Code," shocked the art world in 2004 by hinting that the paint on "The Adoration of the Magi" was not applied by Leonardo.
The real masterwork was actually underneath, he said, to the joy of Dan Brown's fans.
"Using infrared technology, I found a totally new world which had been buried under brown paint for more than 500 years," Seracini told Discovery News
"It is the largest collection of drawings of people and animals realized by Leonardo in a single work," Seracini said.
Already discussed in academic meetings, the research and the drawings underneath were officially presented today for the first time in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio.