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Back in Florence, Leonardo may have renewed relations with Machiavelli: the Arno  River ran from Florence to Pisa, and the two cities were now at war; Machiavelli served  as one of the directors of a project to divert the river so as to prevent it from running  through Pisa, thus depriving the inhabitants of fresh water, as well as supplied brought  by riverboats. Leonardo made many sketches of the river and of the planned new  course; most likely the directors also consulted him as an engineer. However, the project  itself failed. By this time, Leonardo had gained an immense reputation, and Florence wanted to take  advantage of its famous son: the new, republican government had built a large council  hall at the Pallazzo della Signoria, and now commissioned Leonardo to paint the  Battle  of Anghiari,  commemorating a historical Florentine battle, on one of the large side walls. As with Leonardo's other major mural, the 
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