Second thoughts over Lady’s journey?
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The Czartoryski Foundation is said to be reconsidering its decision to send Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece ‘Lady with an Ermine’ to an exhibition at the National Gallery in London in November.
According to the Krakow daily Dziennik Polski, this follows Sunday’s incident in which two paintings by Nicholas Poussin, one of the most important French painters of the 17th century, were sprayed with red paint by a vandal at the National Gallery.
Olga Jaros, the newly-appointed chairwoman of the Czartoryski Foundation, which owns the ‘Lady with an Ermine’, told the daily that the Foundation has been closely monitoring the incident and its aftermath.
“It was an act of vandalism, which we all deplore. However, Leonardo’s Lady is protected by a special case and so any paint-spraying is out of the question,” she said, adding that the final decision on sending the painting to London will be preceded by a thorough debate between members of both the Foundation’s Board and Council. (mk/jb)