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Da Vinci's lost masterpiece

1 December 2012 

Italy tracks down copy of Da Vinci's lost masterpiece

By David Willey 
BBC News, Rome

The copy is widely known as the Doria panel

Italy's specialist art theft police have tracked down and brought home a 400-year-old copy of a lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece - an incomplete fresco painting of the Battle of Anghiari.

It once decorated a wall of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, the Tuscan city's monumental town hall.

The copy is temporarily on show until the New Year at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, the official residence of the president of Italy.

The painting shows a group of men-at-arms and knights on horseback engaged in close combat, fighting for possession of a flag. (....)

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