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Another Leonardo

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The Leonardo da Vinci painting the "Virgin of the Rocks" was hiding another image beneath its surface: a winged baby Jesus, a new X-ray examination has revealed.

This isn't the first signal that the "Virgin of the Rocks" hid older sketches that might have led to a different masterpiece. A similar effort, using infrared light in August 2019, revealed a sketch of a different Virgin Mary posed higher in the frame, as Live Science previously reported. But this new scan of the painting using a technique called macro X-ray fluorescence (MA-XRF) —  as well as a new algorithm to interpret the data — revealed the head and wings of this unseen baby Jesus.

To read more on livescience:

https://www.livescience.com/da-vinci-painting-hiding-baby-jesus.html

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