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NOVA; Mystery of a Masterpiece



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Mystery of a Masterpiece
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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In October 2009, a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance dress made world news headlines. Originally sold two years before for around $20,000, the portrait is now thought to be an undiscovered masterwork by Leonardo da Vinci worth more than $100 million. How did cutting edge imaging analysis help tie the portrait to Leonardo? NOVA 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 follows art sleuths as they deploy new techniques to combat the multi-billion dollar criminal market in stolen and fraudulent art.

A Production of NOVA and National Geographic Television © 2011 NGHT, LLC and WGBH Educational Foundation



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Chicago: “NOVA; Mystery of a Masterpiece,” 11/30/2011, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_901BC5AFE52F41A8B7AB405D297598DD.
MLA: “NOVA; Mystery of a Masterpiece.” 11/30/2011. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 26, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_901BC5AFE52F41A8B7AB405D297598DD>.
APA: NOVA; Mystery of a Masterpiece. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_901BC5AFE52F41A8B7AB405D297598DD
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