Monday, March 2, 2009
Da Vinci decoded
Da Vinci decoded - 2 March 2009
A drawing obscured by handwriting for five centuries in one of Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks may be a youthful self-portrait of the genius, according to Italian experts who 'aged' the sketch to compare it with confirmed later self-portraits.
A detail of the page of da Vinci's Codex Of The Flight Of Birds and a sketch made by Italian state TV channel RAI's graphic department are seen in this picture released on Saturday. Hidden under layers of thick writing, the sketch was spotted by Italian scientific journalist Piero Angela.
PHOTO: REUTERS, RAITRE