FLORENCE, ITALY – The mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi is ready to stop work on the research of the Battle of Anghiari, the lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, who may be under a fresco by Vasari, in the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio. This was announced the same Renzi, who has now written a letter to the Minister for Cultural Heritage Lorenzo Ornaghi.
”If the minister is afraid to allow that which is authorized constantly in all restorations in the world, waiting to change government,” the mayor wrote. ”I wrote to National Geographic – Renzi announced – to show how the weak position of the interim office of the Ministry and in fact prevents the real answers we seek. I therefore invited the private sector which supports research to cease work, until there is a clear authorization from you or more probably his successor.”