(ANSA) - Milan, October 23 - New sections of artwork by
Leonardo da Vinci have been found in a room of the Sforzesco
Castle, where he was the court artist for the duke of Milan,
Ludovico il Moro, in the late 1400s.
Restoration work on the Sala delle Asse (room of the
planks), which da Vinci decorated from April to September of
1498 with a mural of trees soaring into a vaulted canopy, has
revealed additional sections of the original work under several
layers of whitewash - sometimes up to 17 - according to
representatives of the Florentine restoration institute Opificio
delle Pietre Dure.
Restoration workers say they are uncovering a monochrome
section of the mural depicting a huge tree root, stuck in rock
at the base of the many trees that adorn the room - a giant,
surprising 'trompe l'oeil'.
Analyses done on the face of the mural to reconstruct the
original composition give "quite interesting results", they say,
and give hope of restoring large parts of the original
So far the work of scraping away newer layers has been
performed with mechanical means, like scalpels and hammers, but
further work will likely require other methods, like ultrasound
scaling, laser instruments and chemical products.