Maurizio Seracini, a world-renowned art expert, is working with Artviva to provide exceptional experiences for travelers to Italy.
Dr. Seracini is known worldwide as the leading expert in search- and on the verge of discovering- the lost DaVinci masterpiece, The Battle of Anghiari.
The story begins in Florence at the height of the Renaissance. Da Vinci was asked to fresco the walls of Palazzo Vecchio in 1505 and painted the astounding Battle of Anghiari. Eyewitnesses described the painting as ‘miraculous’. 50 years later, what may be the world’s greatest masterpiece vanished under Vasari’s brush strokes as he frescoed the very same wall.
Maurizio Seracini, engineer and passionate art conservationist began his search for the painting in 1975. Some 25 years later, he discovered a tiny cavity in the wall on which the Vasari fresco was painted.
Could it be that instead of destroying da Vinci’s masterpiece, Vasari simply built a dummy wall on which to paint his own fresco? Seracini says yes, and so do many of those who’d originally dismissed his quest as a fool’s errand. Now, with financial support from the Guinness family and the all-important green light from Florence’s ministry of culture, Seracini is preparing to prove to the world that the Battle of Anghiari does indeed exist.
ArtViva not only offers private and exclusive tours with Dr.Seracini, but will also be showcasing him weekly at our Festival Evenings.
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Here what the media has to say about our expert!
The DaVinci Code Tour
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The Today Show interviews Dr.Seracini
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The Daily Telegraph
Elayne Jay article on Dr.Seracini
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