January 01, 1998

Notebook



Diana Returns

On October 14, visitors to St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum were able to see Rembrandt’s Diana for the first time since 1985. In June of 1985 a museum visitor – enraged at the sinfulness of the painting (considered one of the most erotic images in the history of art) – poured sulfuric acid over it and struck it twice with a knife. Nonetheless, art experts are saying that the painting’s restorers worked a miracle and even managed to restore Diana’s former beauty. From now on, Diana will be guarded from further vandalism by an automatic alarm system.

 


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