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Uffizi-Tokyo Da Vinci deal

The Uffizi in Florence and the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum will share Leonardo’s Tavola Doria

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The Uffizi in Florence and the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum will share Leonardo’s Tavola Doria, 1503-05, in a deal sealed last summer between Italy’s ministry of culture and the Japanese museum.

The details emerged at the end of 2012. The work will be shared by the Uffizi and the Japanese institution for two- and four-year spells respectively, for the next 26 years, before finding a permanent home in the Uffizi. The sketch disappeared from Italy in 1940 and changed hands several times before the Tokyo museum legally bought it in 1992 for an undisclosed sum.