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One of Russia’s most famous and controversial paintings, which depicts Ivan the Terrible cradling his dying son, has been badly damaged after a man attacked it with a metal pole in a Moscow gallery.
The canvas – Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581 – was completed by the Russian realist Ilya Repin in 1885 and portrays a grief-stricken tsar holding his son in his arms after dealing him a mortal blow, a historical incident the veracity of which some Russian nationalists dispute.
In a video released by the interior ministry, the unnamed suspect appears to confess, saying he went to see the painting before drinking vodka and becoming “overwhelmed by something”.
The article goes on to state the following:
The State Tretyakov gallery in central Moscow said a man attacked the canvas just before closing time on Friday .
It said he got past a group of gallery staff, picked up one of the metal security poles used to keep the public away from the painting and struck its protective glass covering several times.
“As a result of the blows the thick glass … was smashed,” the gallery said. “Serious damage was done to the painting. The canvas was pierced in three places in the central part of the work which depicts the figure of the tsarevich [the tsar’s son].”
One of Russia’s most famous paintings, depicting Ivan the Terrible killing his son, was damaged when a man attacked it with a pole in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow https://t.co/6abNtULzeC
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) May 27, 2018
— Ilya Repin (@artistilyarepin) May 26, 2018
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