Art Buzz February 8, 2013: Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People defaced at Len’s Louvre gallery

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Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People defaced at Len’s Louvre gallery

Source: Guardian UK, 2-8-13

The Louvre’s Lens branch closed two galleries on Friday after a woman defaced its main attraction, Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People.

Vincent Pomarede, Director of the paintings department at the Louvre Museum, poses front of Eugene Delacroix 's painting,

Vincent Pomarede, Director of the paintings department at the Louvre Museum, poses front of Eugene Delacroix ‘s painting, “Liberty Leading the People (28 July 1830) (La Liberte guidant le peuple) in “La Galerie du Temps”  Photo: REUTERS

The 28-year-old woman scribbled “AE911” on a foot long section at the bottom of the painting.

She was immediately seized by a guard and another visitor, and is being questioned by police.

“AE911” is a shortened form of “Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth”, a group whose website says they are seeking to establish the truth behind the suicide attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers on 11 September 2001.

Liberty Leading the People is Delacroix’s most famous work, and it was chosen as the emblem of the Louvre-Lens at its opening last December….READ MORE

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Art Buzz March 28, 2012: Da Vinci’s Last Painting “The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne” & Twin Mona Lisa Unveiled at Louvre Museum Exhibit

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The real da Vinci code: Louvre unlocks last work

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Source: AP, 3-28-12

An intense and controversial restoration of the last great work by Leonardo da Vinci goes before the public Thursday at the Louvre Museum, revealing “The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne” in the full panoply of hues and detail painted by the Renaissance master 500 years ago.

The 18-month-long restoration of the painting that Leonardo labored on for 20 years until his death in 1519 will go a long way to raising “Saint Anne” to its place as one of the most influential Florentine paintings of its time and a step towards the high Renaissance of Michelangelo.

The cleaning has endowed the painting portraying the Virgin Mary with her mother Saint Anne and the infant Jesus with new life and luminosity. Dull, faded hues were transformed into vivid browns and lapis lazuli that had visitors awe-struck….

The exhibit brings together some 130 preparatory drawings and studies by Leonardo and his apprentices — something curator Vincent Delieuvin likened to “a police investigation” — tracing the painting’s conception and revealing to experts today the entire development over the last 20 years of Leonardo’s life….READ MORE