Rome, November 27 - A work widely attributed to Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci is returning to Italy after it was sold abroad on the black market in 1940. The work, a panel known as the Tavola Doria, depicts a scene from the Battle of Anghiari, a lost masterpiece painted by Leonardo inside the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The panel, which shows mounted soldiers entangled in battle, will be displayed inside the presidential palace Wednesday through January 13 thanks to a deal with the Museum of Tokyo, which bought the work legally in 1992. The deal includes sharing the piece with Tokyo over the next 26 years, rotating it after every two years in Italy and four in Japan. While in Italy, the piece is likely to be housed at the Uffizi in Florence, where the polymath artist, scientist and inventor played an unparalleled role in the Italian Renaissance. Art historians in Florence are currently looking for the Battle of Anghiari, which they believe was hidden behind a wall by painter and art historian Giorgio Vasari when he was commissioned to do another fresco in Florence's municipal headquarters.
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