Restoration workers made the find of a lifetime, uncovering a Leonardo da Vinci mural from the late 1400s, hidden under up to 17 layers of paint.
The restoration taking place at the Sforzesco Castle in Milan, Italy, uncovered the da Vinci in a room called Sala delle Asse, which according to the Italian wire service ANSA means “room of the planks.”
Da Vinci worked on the mural, which shows trees, from April to September in 1498 after being commissioned by then duke of Milan, Ludovico il Moro.
According to the wire service, restoration workers said analysis of the mural yielded “quite interesting results,” which they hope to continue uncovering.
Such an undertaking has included traditional scraping techniques but also more high-tech methods like ultrasound scaling, laser instruments and chemicals, according to ANSA.
Get a closer look at the discovery in this video courtesy of KXAN-TV:
(H/T: Daily Mail)