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Unknown Botticelli drawing discovered in Germany

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Dresden, Germany (dpa) - A previously unknown drawing by early Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) has been discovered in Germany, an art museum in the city of Dresden said Monday.

The drawing had been catalogued by Dresden State Art Collection for many years as "Head of a Boy" by anonymous and was dated to the period 1478-1480. It has been in the Dresden engravings collection since the 18th century.

Art sleuths worked from 2003 to 2005 to discover the author of the drawing and other mystery works of art in the Dresden collection. It is being exhibited from this week in Florence, Italy along with other 15th century treasures from Dresden collections.

Copyright 2006 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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