Art: The Flowers of Florence

From the Italian front last week a BBC reporter broadcast a statement that was enough to set the art connoisseurs of the world mopping their brows with relief. Said he, as the Allies moved into Florence:

"In an Italian house two thousand yards behind the front line, I discovered the world's most famous paintings stacked in tiers against the walls, which were still echoing with the thunder of German guns."

More specific and even better news followed. The BBC reporter had stumbled on a golden horde of paintings from Florence's famed Uffizi Gallery, including...

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