Mystery of a Masterpiece

Could this family heirloom have been created by the same man who painted Mona Lisa? Art experts investigate whether a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance dress which sold for about $20,000 in 1998 is actually a lost masterwork by Leonardo da Vinci worth more than $100 million.

How did cutting-edge imaging analysis help tie the portrait to Leonardo? Mystery of a Masterpiece meets a new breed of experts who are approaching "cold case" art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, determined to discover "who committed the art." And it follows art sleuths as they deploy new techniques to combat the multibillion-dollar criminal market in stolen and fraudulent art.

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Producer/Director/Writer

DAVID MURDOCK

Editor

EMMANUAL MAIRESSE

Associate Producer

ANDREW GRIMES

Directors of Photography

DOUGLAS HARTINGTON

NOEL SMART

Original Music

ROB KAHN

JIM MORGAN

Narrator

JAY O. SANDERS

Additional Camera

MARCUS BURNETT

NICHOLAS DONNELLY

DAVID MURDOCK

SIMON NORMANTON

FEDERICO PADRO

RONI ULMANN

Sound Recordists

TONY BURKE

MARK PUFFET

Additional Sound Recordists

ALESSANDRO CODAGLIO

PATRICK DUVOISIN

MAREK ZEBROWSKI

Online Editor

MARK N. BOSZKO

Colorist

LAUREN MESCHTER

Sound Mixer and Designer

DAVID HURLEY

Translation Voiceovers

MARICRUZ CASTILLO MERLO

EMMANUEL MAIRESSE

Art and Animation

PIXELDUST STUDIOS

Creative Director

RICARDO ANDRADE

Visual Effects Art Director

CATHERINE EUNICE

Visual Effects Artist

PHILLIP ALLEN

Coordinator, Art and Animation

ANGELA KARAKATSANSIS

Production Manager

NICOLE HUGHES

Production Coordinators

KATIE GROSS

STEFANIE KUSHNER

Intern

KATHRYN SWANSON

Researcher

DAVID MURDOCK

TERESA NEVA TATE

Post Production Supervisor

SUSAN LACH

Post Production Coordinator

BILL GABLER

LAURA BETH WARD

Assistant Editors

JAMES BATES

ALISON KELLEY

KATE KENNEDY

CARL REEVERTS

RIN WESTCOTT

For National Geographic Television

Director, Post Production Operations

BRADEN MCILVAINE

Manager, Post Production and MediaCore Scheduling

MARCIE CALLAHAN

Specialist, Facilities and Scheduling

SARAH ELLISON

Director, Production Rights and Clearances

CATHERINE YELLOZ

Manager, Production Rights and Clearances

MARLENE WALKER-GOLDEN

Specialist, Production Rights and Clearances

KATIE LEE

Senior Vice President, Business Development & Operations

DEBBIE LONDON-HARRINGTON

Director, Operations

ROSEANNE LOPOPOLO

Executive Vice President, Production

KATHY DAVIDOV

Senior Executive Producer

JOHN BREDAR

Senior Vice President, Standards and Practices

SCOTT WYERMAN

Director, Research

TODD HERMANN

President, NGT

MICHAEL ROSENFELD

Executive Vice President, Editorial and New Business Development

MARYANNE CULPEPPER

Vice President, Series Development

CARRIE REGAN

Special Thanks

Arthur Brennan

Caroline Corrigan

Castello Sforzesco, Milano*

Contrada Delle Braide

D.R. Edward Wright

Dr. Nicholas Penny; National Gallery, London*

Dr. Tomasz Ososiński; National Library of Poland

Derek Miller & Jessy Kaner

Federica Babetto

James Margolin

Jeanne Marchig

Judd Flogdell

Jo Ann Caplin

Nicholas Turner

Stock Images

Alinari/Art Resource, NY

Cameraphoto Arte, Venic/Art Resource, NY

Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford

Corbis Images

Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY

HIP/Art Resource, NY

National Gallery of Art, Washington

National Gallery, London/Art Resource, NY

Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Art Resource, NY

Scala/ Art Resource, NY

Scala/Ministero per i Beni e Attivita culturali/Art Resource, NY

For WGBH

Senior Executive Producer

PAULA S. APSELL

Produced by National Geographic Television in association with NOVA/WGBH Boston.

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