Italy livid about deal to loan Leonardo works to Louvre

  • In this Monday March 12, 2007 file photo, Senator Paolo Amato, left, of the Forza Italia (Go Italy) party, and some Florentine citizens chains themselves to the gates of the Uffizi museum in Florence, Italy, to protest the loan of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Annunciation”’ for a show at Japan’s National Museum in Tokyo. Banners read, from left, “Annunciation must stay in the Uffizi Museum!!”, at center: “Rutelli (Italian vice-Premier) leaves Florence alone!!” Leonardo da Vinci is often hailed as the most universal genius. Not for Italy’s nationalist government, which is livid that the Louvre is counting on Italian museums to lend many of the native Italian native’s masterpieces for a blockbuster exhibit in Paris. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi, File )

  • In this Monday, March 27, 2017 file photo, visitors take pictures of Leonardo da Vinci's "Adoration of the Three Wise Men", returned to the public of the Uffizi museum after 6 years of study and restoration, in Florence, Italy. Leonardo da Vinci is often hailed as the most universal genius. Not for Italy’s nationalist government, which is livid that the Louvre is counting on Italian museums to lend many of the native Italian native's masterpieces for a blockbuster exhibit in Paris. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP, File)

ROME — So versatile were Leonardo da Vinci’s talents in art and science and so boundless his visionary imagination, he is known to the world as the universal genius.

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