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Leonardo was a man of the Renaissance, not narrow nationhood | Tristram Hunt

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The row over Italy’s paintings is a disturbing example of politicians trying to harness art to nationalism He drew portraits for Italian dukes, sketched for the papacy and died at the court of a French king. If there is any artist who defies nationhood it is surely Leonardo da Vinci. Yet last week, Leonardo’s cosmopolitan legacy was caught up in an extraordinary intergovernmental spat when
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