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Celebrating Leonardo in Rome

A major exhibition dedicated to the scientific genius of Leonardo da Vinci opened in Rome on March 13, part of festivities to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of the artist and inventor. The show at the Scuderie del Quirinale palace is entitled "La Scienza Prima della Scienza" (Science…

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The Mona Lisa unfrocked

Experts could not confirm that Leonardo had a hand in the drawing, but say it is from his workshop Experts say the so-called "Nude Mona Lisa" was created at Leonardo da Vinci's workshop, the French news agency AFP reported on March 13. The drawing is kept at the Chateau de…

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Franco-Italian tug-of-war over Leonardo loans

The French and Italian culture ministers met in Rome on February 28 to take a new look at a 2017 accord under which four Italian museums agreed to lend Da Vinci works -- including the iconic Vitruvian Man drawing -- to the Louvre in October. Bilateral relations had already soured…

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