Researchers find unknown sketches on back of da Vincis work

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PARIS Researchers have found three previously unknown sketches on the back of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci that they believe may have been drawn by the Renaissance master.

Paris Louvre Museum says the sketches feature a horse head, part of a skull and baby Jesus with a lamb. Researchers using infrared cameras found them on the back of The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne.

In a statement Thursday, the Louvre said the style was reminiscent of Leonardos. Researchers are working to determine whether he drew them.

The sketches are barely visible to the eye. They were discovered during an in-depth examination using an infrared camera that picks up traces of carbon-based pigments often used for sketches.

The painting is in the Louvres collection.

Organizations: Paris Louvre Museum, Louvre

Geographic location: Saint Anne, Louvres

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