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Researchers looking for a missing masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci have been infected by what National Geographic photographer Dave Yoder calls the “Leonardo virus”—that fever to determine once and for all if one of his rare masterpieces (there are only some 15 authenticated Leonardo paintings in existence) remains behind a wall in the Florence City Hall.
Every night this week, a kind of slow-motion, yet fevered search unfolds, the culmination of a years-long effort to determine if Leonardo da Vinci’s “Battle of Anghiari,” last seen some 450 years ago, is hidden behind a fresco in Palazzo Vecchio, the City Hall of Florence, Italy.
Last week a group email went out to the staff of National Geographic. This is what it said: “A package arrived at Geo…(talk about weird) 2 small bottles of Pee. Bear Urine. No… really. Can you please send a blast to see if some brave soul will claim the urine.”
What’s it like to focus on the person whose job it is to focus on the President of the United States? Tonight on television in the United States, the National Geographic Special “The President’s Photographer: 50 Years in the Oval Office” gives us a chance to see what it’s like to have what must be one…