A group of Italian experts found it hidden under another painting on the wall of a palace in Florence. Known by various imitations of the time, was lost for 500 years.
The work is attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci was found under other fresh, made by Giorgio Vasari , that decorates one of the main halls of the Palazzo Vecchio in the heart of Florence .
For some time, experts believed that The Battle of Anghiari , an unfinished fresco of 1505 that reflected the hardships and horrors of war, was there, but now have more evidence.
The black paint used would be the same as the artist used to make the Mona Lisa, the most famous piece of art in the world. To study it, must be used microchambers. The venture, however, was not without controversy because there was risk of harm to both works.
While the location was unknown fresh from the late sixteenth century, managed to become known to the present by artists such as Peter Paul Rubens in 1606, that reproduced or were inspired by it.
The researchers suspected that Vasari had done his work The Battle of Scannagallo on Da Vinci because he had not finished his.
"This finding is encouraging, especially if we consider that we are at a preliminary stage of research and much work remains to solve the mystery. But the evidence suggests that we're on the right path , "he said at a press conference Maurizio Seracini Professor of Art History at the University of San Diego (California) and promoter of the investigation.
The discovery was in the Palazzo Vecchio, a building dating from the fourteenth century and now houses a museum and the municipality. Located in Florence, cradle of the Renaissance culture of Europe and the capital of Tuscany, Italy.