The mystery that seems to hide one of the most sought after works of Leonardo Da Vinci has lasted for more than 500 years. The Battle of Anghiari was commissioned in 1503 to DaVinci, to recreate one of the most splendid moments of the Republic of Florence, the victory over the Milanese troops in one of the bloodiest battles the Florentines lived during the fifteenth century.
It is known that the order was carried out and replicas like the ones created by masters such as Rubens proved so. What is not yet known with certainty is whether in fact the lost work of Da Vinci is hidden behind the Giorgio Vasari fresco painted in 1563 on one of the walls of the Hall of Five Hundred in the Palazzo Vecchio. Finding the same exact pigment on the Mona Lisa and St.John the Baptist under Vasari’s work, originated the prospect of discovering five centuries later, the piece of the great genius Da Vinci. Maurizio Seracini, who began the search for this masterpiece 36 years ago, leads a group of researchers. The idea maintains that The Battle of Anghiari is located behind The Battle of Scannagallo of Vasari. They have used sophisticated techniques but critics say that only the supposed remains of Da Vinci will be found and may damage the artistic heritage of the Palazzo Vecchio.
Specifically, more than 500 experts from the National Gallery in London, the Louvre and the Metropolitan in New York have expressed their disagreement by signing a manifesto against the investigation. For now, it seems that the war between supporters and opponents of the search for lost Da Vinci still has many battles to fight. It remains to be seen if The Battle of Anghiari will continue to be in an unknown place or, by contrast, was always at home, hidden from the eyes of the Florentines and visitors.
Meanwhile, Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, encourages guests to enjoy the many other art treasures on view at the Palazzo Vecchio, which include, besides the works of Vasari, the work of Bronzino and Michelangelo, among others.