Leonardo and the Elephant

Multispectrum imaging has recently revealed a series of "under drawings" beneath the paint of Leonard Da Vinci's famous Adoration of the Magi, including one drawing of an elephant.

The under drawings were obscured by paint and charcoal and depict a "bloody skirmish between knights, a clutch of figures rebuilding a ruined temple, and even an elephant." The figures were apparently removed when deemed unsuitable for a painting of the Madonna and Child.