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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