Think of Florence and your mind is flooded with thoughts of Renaissance art, delicious gastronomic delicacies, artisan crafts, and spectacular architecture. A neutron beam scanner and a gamma-ray camera will probably not entre into your thoughts of Florence ? or of anything else for most of us! However, for one man, these devices hold the key to uncovering a long-lost Da Vinci painting.
Maurizio Seracini is a diagnostician of Italian art. Adapting technologies from the medical and military fields and other technical measuring instruments, he has made possible diagnostics of art and searching for hidden masterpieces that do not involve destroying the artwork itself.
An expert in spotting fakes and uncovering hidden masterpieces, he has already discovered one lost Da Vinci work, and is currently searching for Leonardo’s Battle of Anghiari, started in 1505 and lost not long after.
He believes it is hidden behind ‘The Battle of Marciano in the Chiana Valley’ of Giorgio Vasari, and with the aid of technology, hopes to prove it.
Dan Brown thought Seracini worthy of a mention in his ‘Da Vinci Code’ (the only non-fiction character in the entire book!), and you may be interested in dedicating a few hours of your time spent with the world’s leading art sleuth, tracking down the last truly great art mystery.
Maurizio Seracini is the director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3) at the University of California San Diego’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).
He is a pioneer in the use of multispectral imaging and other diagnostic tools as well as analytical technologies as applied to works of art and structures. He has studied more than 2,500 works of art and historic buildings.
Seracini participated in the Leonardo Project to locate the long-lost fresco, “The Battle of Anghiari”, a project sponsored by the Armand Hammer Foundation, Kress Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution. In 1977, Seracini established Editech, a Florence-based company that was the first to provide art and architectural diagnostic services. In 1979 he co-founded the Interdisciplinary Center for Ultrasonic Diagnostics in Medicine, also in Florence.
Artviva offers a 2-hour private tour with Seracini where you learn can how to spot a forgery, receive hints on building your own private art collection and continue on the search for lost masterpieces in the company of this expert.
Seracini has been seen in major news publications including The National Geographic and the UK’s Telegraph.
Of course, if you don’t like sharing, we can also arrange a private guided tour of Florence, or a private guide to visit the Uffizi Gallery or even a private Accademia tour, or any other kind of exclusive (that’s Artviva-speak for ‘private’) guided tour to a number of other exiting, historical locations in the historic centre of Florence, you know who to ask!