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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 12:03

Scientists are Close to Determining How to Restore Only Existing Leonardo da Vinci Self-Portrait

The Leonardo da Vinci self-portrait. The Leonardo da Vinci self-portrait.

Scientists are close to deciding how to restore a fading chalk sketch believed to be the only existing self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, following a hi-tech study of the paper.

The portrait, thought to be more than 400 years old, remains locked in a vault in the Royal Library of Turin, Italy, where it is believed to be gradually vanishing as the red-chalk image blends against the ageing yellow paper.

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