Poland’s Most Precious Painting, "Lady with an Ermine" by Leonardo da Vinci to Hit the Road

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WARSAW (AP).- It’s finally been decided: Poland’s most precious painting, “Lady with an Ermine” by Leonardo da Vinci, will be allowed to travel to Spain, Germany and Britain. Wednesday’s decision came after almost a year of discussion by art experts and Poland’s Culture Ministry about whether the 15th-century masterpiece should be allowed to leave the country. Last week, art conservationists warned it could be damaged in transit. But Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski said the government decided the masterpiece can travel. It will now be shown at three foreign sites for three months each: Madrid’s Palacio Real starting in May, Berlin’s Gemaeldegalerie, starting in August and London’s National Gallery, starting in November. In February it will return to Krakow, where it has been for more than 100 years, and where it will be submitted to detailed examination of its