"Seek Find" in English. Two simple words. Two breadcrumbs along the trail of a treasure hunt spanning four centuries. Hidden to the casual passer-by as they are poignant to the informed observer, the words "Cerca Trova" are all it took to spark conversation between two admirers of history's most renowned Renaissance genius: a conversation that transcended time itself and led Giorgio Vasari, the Renaissance mind behind this cryptic message, and Maurizio Seracini, the scientist/historian that decoded it in the 1970s, to march lockstep toward the rediscovery of Leonardo da Vinci's most celebrated masterpiece, The Battle of Anghiari.
I've been enraptured by the idea of discovery ever since I can remember. The prospect of finding something lost or never before seen, the newness of something previously unknown, the invitation to join a conversation that transcends time and connects the far reaches of the globe in an instant.
L'Arte Nascosta means "the hidden art" in Italian. We're inspired by Vasari's code to seek and find, to look and discover, to observe and converse. When we find that the contemporary gets too conventional, we retreat to the vast halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and pursue the words that our forebears have to say.
This time we looked to the classical world, but next time who knows where inspiration will lead us... After all, until we stop seeking, there is no bounds to what we may find. Cerca Trova.