Sharing the Perspective

Maurizio Seracini of Florence recently carried out a full diagnostic investigation of Leonardo's Adoration of the Magi. Multispectral images allowed an in-depth reading of the painting, from its surface all the way to the support. Moreover, the comparison between images in visible light and those in the infrared range enhanced the understanding of the genesis of Leonardo's masterpiece.

This precious study, kept in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, is shown for the first time ever in the United States on Finmeccanica's initiative and because of the collaboration between the Uffizi Gallery and the Library of Congress.

Link to Movie PresentationView a movie from the Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence, Italy

Beyond the Visible: Rediscovering the Adoration
An in depth analysis of the creative process that informed the Adoration of the Magi (external link)

Multilayer Reading of the Drawing

Multilayer Reading of the Drawing.

A. Visible Light.

B. Ultraviolet Fluorescence.

C. Infrared Reflectogram.

D. Pseudo Color Infrared

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  • Multilayer Reading of the Drawing. A. Visible Light.

  • Multilayer Reading of the Drawing. B. Ultraviolet Fluorescence.

  • Multilayer Reading of the Drawing. C. Infrared Reflectogram.

  • Multilayer Reading of the Drawing. D. Pseudo Color Infrared.

The Hidden Drawing in the Wooden Panel

1a. Detail - Visible Light; 1b. Detail - Infrared Reflectogram

2a. Detail - Visible Light; 2b. Detail - Infrared Reflectogram

3a. Detail - Visible Light; 3b. Detail - Infrared Reflectogram

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The Two Battle Scenes

 

4. Preparatory Drawing Detail - Visible Light;

5. Wooden Panel Detail - Infrared Reflectogram

 

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  • Preparatory Drawing Detail - Visible Light

  • Preparatory Drawing Detail - Visible Light