Keyword: Leonardo da Vinci
After the replacement earlier this month of Italy's populist and far-right government for one that is largely Left-leaning and pro-EU, the easing of a previously tense relationship between Rome and Paris was illustrated in a decision by the Italian culture minister to overturn an earlier refusal to lend France works by Leonardo da Vinci for an exhibition marking his death 500 years ago, while France will send paintings by Raphael for a similar exhibition next year in Italy.
Drawing valued at €15m was unveiled in Paris after the doctor brought the lost work to auction house amongst a jumble of unknown sketches.
A French scientist claims that years of high-tech study of Leonardo da Vinci's celebrated portrait has revealed another below it of a different sitter.
Works by Leonardo da Vinci and Claude Monet will be among those on display at €500m new art museum due to open in December 2015.