May 20, 2014
Marguerite Del Giudice interviewed CISA3 associate director Tom Levy for a story on how a new replica of King Tut's tomb fits into the broader emerging field of cyber-archaeology.
Yahoo! News carried a PR Newswire release from TopCoder, Inc., about its 3-week open online challenge in connection with NASA and CISA3 research scientist Albert Lin. The challenge is to programmers to create a new, active machine-learning algorithm for deriving important information from large visual datasets (in this case, satellite images of northern Mongolia).
Writer Leo Kent reports on the latest about the search for Leonardo da Vinci's The Battle of Anghiari mural by CISA3 founding director Maurizio Seracini -- a search that is on hold pending a more hospitable political situation in Italy.
The online journal reports that "Maurizio Seracini uses advanced tools common in engineering and medical labs to unravel centuries-old mysteries of art," and posts the video of Seracini's talk to TEDGLOBAL last June in Edinburgh.
Naz Kangal reports the Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi has called a halt to the CISA3-led search for Leonardo da Vinci's lost mural, The Battle of Anghiari, because of a disagreement with Italy's Minister for Cultural Heritage, who disagreed with Renzi's request to let CISA3 resume the search.
The magazine highlights two CISA3 projects -- Albert Lin's search for the burial site of Genghis Khan, which used an octocopter to record aerial views in Mongolia, and Tom Levy's archaeological expedition in southern Jordan, which used a helium balloon to record geo-referenced aerial images -- among the 13 projects highlighting new technologies used in exploration. Lin and Levy are in good company: the featured projects date back to a wheel-shaped kite designed by the first president of the National Geographic Society -- Alexander Graham Bell.
In a book review by Michele Cuppone on the Caravaggio400 blog, Calit2 and CISA3 researcher Maurizio Seracini is mentioned in connection with his discovery that a circular painting by Caravaggio, thought to be a copy, was actually the original work known as the Medusa.
The Florentine newspaper reports that National Geographic has suspended its Battle of Anghiari project in line with the decision by the city's Mayor to halt the UCSD-led project following a face-off between the Mayor and the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage.
The newspaper carries a TMNews agency report about a letter from the Mayor of Florence to Italy's Minister of Cultural Heritage, Lorenzo Ornaghi, asking him to approve a resumption of the Battle of Anghiari project led by UCSD research Maurizio Seracini, founding director of CISA3 and co-PI on its IGERT-TEECH project.
Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi suspends work on the UCSD-led search for Leonardo da Vinci's mural in the Palazzo Vecchio. The suspension was announced in a letter to the Minister of Cultural Heritage, in which Renzi warned the minister of possible repercussions at the ballot box in upcoming elections from the minister's refusal to pave the way for a resumption of the search.
Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi tells the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage that "the fear that is blocking permission by the minister and his office is sincerely incomprehensible." Renzi says there is no basis for the decision of the minister not to allow a resumption of the UCSD-led search for the da Vinci mural, The Battle of Anghiari.
The news service underscores the anger of Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi, in a letter to the Minister of Cultural Heritage, saying "we will wait for the next Government" following upcoming elections. Renzi lambasted the Minister for refusing to give permission for a resumption of the CISA3-led search for the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci mural, The Battle of Anghiari, led by UCSD's Maurizio Seracini.
Leonardo da Vinci is not known for his drawings of elephants. But when art diagnostician Maurizio Seracini examined the artist’s “Adoration of the Magi” with an infrared camera, that’s precisely what he found: a sketch of a solitary animal lurking under layers of paint. Uncovering such buried treasures is part of Seracini’s job: he has also used X-rays to discover that Raphael’s “Portrait of Young Woman with Unicorn” was originally “Young Woman with Puppy”. And this year he made headlines for work supporting his claim that Da Vinci’s lost masterpiece “The Battle of Anghiari” is hidden behind a wall of Vasari murals in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio.
The front story of the July-September 2012 edition of the Italian Cultural Center of San Diego newsletter features a photo of IGERT Trainee David Vanoni and an article about his special briefing for ICC members. ICC helped fund the travel of Vanoni and fellow IGERT Trainee Christine Wittich to Florence in late 2011, where they worked with Maurizio Seracini on the search for Leonardo da Vinci's lost masterpiece.
The Catholic news consortium published a report that Argonne National Lab physicist Robert Smither is part of the CISA3-led consortium searching for the lost Battle of Anghiari mural by Leonardo da Vinci.