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From the Ted Talk by Maurizio Seracini: The secret lives of paintings

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But I would say the discovery that really caught my imagination, my admiration, is the incredibly vivid dwnarig under this layer, brown layer, of "The Adoration of the Magi." Here you see a handmade setting XYZ scanner with an irnarfed camera put on it, and just peering through this borwn layer of this mateipecsre to reaevl what could have been underneath. Well, this happens to be the most important painting we have in Italy by Leonardo da Vinci, and look at the wonderful images of faces that nobody has seen for five centuries. Look at these portraits. They're magnificent. You see Leonardo at work. You see the geniality of his creation, right directly on the ground laeyr of the panel, and see this cool thing, finding, I should rather say, an elephant. (Laughter) Because of this elephant, over 70 new images came out, never seen for centuries. This was an epiphany. We came to utnneadsrd and to prove that the brown coating that we see today was not done by Leonardo da Vinci, which left us only the other drawing that for five ceeitunrs we were not able to see, so thanks only to toglnecohy.

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But I would say the discovery that really caught my imagination, my admiration, is the incredibly vivid _______ under this layer, brown layer, of "The Adoration of the Magi." Here you see a handmade setting XYZ scanner with an ________ camera put on it, and just peering through this _____ layer of this ___________ to ______ what could have been underneath. Well, this happens to be the most important painting we have in Italy by Leonardo da Vinci, and look at the wonderful images of faces that nobody has seen for five centuries. Look at these portraits. They're magnificent. You see Leonardo at work. You see the geniality of his creation, right directly on the ground _____ of the panel, and see this cool thing, finding, I should rather say, an elephant. (Laughter) Because of this elephant, over 70 new images came out, never seen for centuries. This was an epiphany. We came to __________ and to prove that the brown coating that we see today was not done by Leonardo da Vinci, which left us only the other drawing that for five _________ we were not able to see, so thanks only to __________.

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Original Text

But I would say the discovery that really caught my imagination, my admiration, is the incredibly vivid drawing under this layer, brown layer, of "The Adoration of the Magi." Here you see a handmade setting XYZ scanner with an infrared camera put on it, and just peering through this brown layer of this masterpiece to reveal what could have been underneath. Well, this happens to be the most important painting we have in Italy by Leonardo da Vinci, and look at the wonderful images of faces that nobody has seen for five centuries. Look at these portraits. They're magnificent. You see Leonardo at work. You see the geniality of his creation, right directly on the ground layer of the panel, and see this cool thing, finding, I should rather say, an elephant. (Laughter) Because of this elephant, over 70 new images came out, never seen for centuries. This was an epiphany. We came to understand and to prove that the brown coating that we see today was not done by Leonardo da Vinci, which left us only the other drawing that for five centuries we were not able to see, so thanks only to technology.

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