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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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Leonardo the autodidact

Unable to attend school because he was an illegitmate child, Leonardo is one of the world's most famous self-taught geniuses. He actually wore his lack of schooling as a badge of honor -- calling himself an uomo senza lettere, a man without letters. His Italian was laced with the local…

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Leonardo the lefty

Like many left-handed people of Leonardo's era, he habitually wrote backwards. A by-product of being excluded from a normal education because he was an illegitimate child is that no one discouraged Leonardo from preferring his south paw. Contrary to the widespread belief that the practice was a way for lefties…

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