State of the Art

The iconic Delacroix painting has been vandalized at the Louvre.

The iconic Delacroix painting has been vandalized at the Louvre.

  • On Thursday afternoon, Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People” was defaced by a 29 year-old woman at the Louvre. “According to judicial sources, the woman scrawled ‘AE911’ on the canvas using an indelible black marker pen.” [France 24]
  • “The Origin of the World” has a face. Courbet expert Jacques Fernier has authenticated a painting of a woman’s head, discovered by an amateur art buff, as by Gustave Courbet. “Tantalisingly, other sections of the painting may still be at large, including one in which the model’s hand holds a fluttering parakeet, a symbol of eroticism.” [Telegraph UK]
  • Michelangelo heads to jail… or his unfinished sculpture “La Pietà Rondanini” does, while its permanent home, Castello Sforzesco, undergoes renovations. Art historians have protested the planned temporary relocation to the Milanese prison, Carcere di San Vittore, but “supporters of the project believe that “La Pietà Rondanini,” with its underlying themes of suffering and forgiveness, will have a positive impact on the psyches of the inmates, many of whom have never come into contact with works of art.” [The Art Newspaper]
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