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September 23 2012

Search for Mysterious Lost Da Vinci Aborted


A longstanding Leonardo da Vinci mystery -- the fate of a lost masterpiece known as the Battle of Anghiari - will remain unsolved.

The ambitious project to find the long-lost artwork has been put on indefinite hold and the massive scaffolding erected for the hunt will be dismantled at the end of the month.

The scaffoldings have been standing for nearly 10 months in front of a frescoed wall in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's 14th-century city hall, in the imposing Hall of Five Hundred. This was a room built at the end of the 15th century to accommodate the meetings of the Florentine Council.

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