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It is an enigma of art history partially revealed by a five-century-old letter and a high-tech start-up in Lausanne, Switzerland. A little over three years ago, a Madonna of the Yarnwinder, a small wooden painting measuring 50 by 36 centimeters, was entrusted to the restorer Cinzia Pasquali in Paris. Having reappeared at a sale in the 19th century and now owned by a private collector, this work was accompanied by a mystery: is it an original painting by Leonardo da Vinci?
The mystery of the two Madonna