Italian palace fresco may hide Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece

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An Italian art expert says he is on the verge of discovering a long-lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece hidden in a secret cavity behind a palace wall.

Maurizio Seracini, a university professor, claims a cryptic message in a huge artwork in Florence's historic Palazzo Vecchio suggests Leonardo's The Battle of Anghiari is hidden behind.

He believes it was painted over with the fresco which can be seen today – The Battle of Marciano in the Chiana Valley – by another Renaissance artist, Giorgio Vasari, in 1563.

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