She loved to banter (and made me change it in my audioguide, soon to be released-I didn't) that the perfectly round marble stone in David's palm was 'excess marble' left over by the greatest sculptor who ever lived - yeah, right. Little did she care that Michelangelo's own friend, contemporary and biographer, Giorgio Vasari, reported what, precisely, the master had depicted. No, we were kept in titillating suspense over 500 years for that bombshell - he was holding a stone to launch at Goliath! - to be "discovered".
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As for the findings of markings underneath the Mona Lisa's fine lineaments? Simple. Da Vinci used one of those 'paint-by-numbers' sets. Pretty soon, they'll 'discover' a Mona Lisa on velvet as well.
Article from the Guardian here
Excellent review (with a healthy dose of skepticism) here