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Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ Is Too Vulnerable For The Louvre, Court Rules

Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ Is Too Vulnerable For The Louvre, Court Rules


Image via Wikimedia Commons

Leonardo da Vinci’s renowned Vitruvian Man sketch was intended to make its way to the Louvre museum in Paris, in line with a major exhibition that celebrates the 500th anniversary since the artist’s death.

Unfortunately, culture and heritage group Italia Nostra has declared that the 15th-century artwork is too delicate to be transported to the Louvre, and might end up being damaged.

The group warned that if Vitruvian Man is displayed at the Louvre, it could get damaged from environmental exposure as the picture was already exhibited at Venice’s Gallerie dell’Accademia earlier this year.

Italia Nostra made an appeal with a regional court to prevent the sketch from traveling to Paris, and the court sided with the group by ordering for the loan to be blocked. The verdict will be confirmed later in October.

The sketch’s s vulnerable state means it can only be showcased for a few weeks at a time every six years, experts believe.

Meanwhile, the Louvre will be showcasing almost 120 works from European and American institutions as well as feature its own collection of Da Vinci’s works. The exhibition is due to open on 24 October 2019.

[via CNN, images via Wikimedia Commons]

Published at Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:47:03 +0000

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