1FADE IN:TITLE CARD"He who, without Fame, burns his life to wasteleaves no more vestige of himself on earth thanwind-blown smoke, or foam upon the water"-- Dante,
EXT. FLORENCE, ITALY - DAYJust across the Ponte Vecchio from the Uffizi gallery,stands the stately Palazzo Canigiani.The building directory lists the occupants. One name reads:"Editech Art Diagnostics."INT. PALAZZO CANIGIANI – OFFICE – SAME TIMEIn a high-ceilinged office, RESEARCH ASSISTANTS andUNIVERSITY INTERNS hustle about, busy working on a varietyof projects.Two giant images shimmer on side-by-side, electronic displayscreens hung from the rafters. The displays are almostthree-dimensional in depth and clarity.The image on the right is a sketch of men and horses lockedin fierce combat over a flag.The image on the left is a sketch of naked men scatteredalong a riverbank, struggling into their battle armor.DR. MAURIZIO SERACINI, dressed in his usual tweed jacket and tie,chews on his fingernails.DR. MAURIZIO SERACINIBenvenuto Cellini called it the schoolof the world.
Scuola del mondo
.DR. CARLO PEDRETTI, impeccably dressed, sips espresso.DR. CARLO PEDRETTIKenneth Clark christened it the birthof the Renaissance.The two scholars sit side-by-side, staring across the top of twohigh-resolution computer monitors. A digital version of eachsketch is displayed on each monitor.