The creation of masterpieces sometimes takes months and years. Artists invest in their projects knowledge, creative ideas and emotions.
The finished canvases are filled with meaning and, therefore, subjective importance, the value of which can not be measured, at least until they are auctioned at the highest rate.
The works, which we will talk about today, cost a lot of money, were of great importance for art critics and admirers, but, unfortunately, were damaged due to careless attitude or inattention, vandalism or the banal lack of proper storage conditions.
If the creators of these art objects were alive, they would surely have come to horror.
. "Pieta" (1498-99) by Michelangelo
(Michelangelo - Pieta)
Marble sculpture, depicting the mourning Virgin Mary with the body taken from the cross of Jesus Christ, is the main attraction of the cathedral of St. Petra in the Vatican and one of the most revered works of art for religious people and just for those who love and appreciate classical sculpture. For the entire 500-year history of the "Pieta", the most significant damage to the sculpture was caused in 1972, when a geologist with a hammer and shouting "I'm Jesus Christ!" Attacked the statue. Many of the fragments of the statue, including a piece of Mary's nose, were picked up by eyewitnesses of the incident, but were not subsequently returned to the cathedral. In the course of a long restoration, the face of the Mother of God was restored with the help of material taken from other parts of the statue. After the restoration of the "Pieta" Michelangelo Buanarotti was placed under bulletproof glass.
2. Night Watch (1642) by Rembrandt van Rijn
(Rembrandt van Rijn - Night Watch)
Unfortunately, over time, "Night Watch" itself needed security. When the canvas was exhibited at the National Museum in Amsterdam, several attempts were made against him. In 1911, an unemployed ship's cook tried unsuccessfully to cut a picture with a knife. In 1975, the school teacher was more successful, cutting the canvas in zigzag lines (it was later found that this man was mentally distressed, and he soon committed suicide). And, although the picture was restored, traces of vandalism can still be found. In 1990, one of the visitors splashed on the picture with acid, but the guards reacted quickly, and the canvas was saved from death.
3. "Danae" (1636), Rembrandt van Rijn
(Rembrandt van Rijn - Danae)
One of Rembrandt's favorite paintings depicts the heroes of Greek mythology: the mother of Perseus, Dana, who meets Zeus, his father. A canvas measuring 2.4x3 meters was damaged in 1985, when a crazy visitor to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg (where the painting was kept since the XVIII century), waving a knife, tried to cut the lower part of the belly of Danae and the thigh. However, the dramatic nature of the situation is that after he opened a vessel with sulfuric acid and poured it onto the painting, so that the original paint began to bubble and came off the canvas. It took twelve long years to restore the picture and, fortunately, now it is exhibited again.
4. "Venus with a Mirror" (1647-51) by Diego Velázquez
(Diego Velazquez - Rokeby Venus)
Velazquez was a master in the realistic depiction of people - this is evident when looking at the "Venus with a Mirror", on which the goddess Venus lies on the bed in a seductive pose, looking in the mirror held by her son, Cupid. In 1914, Venus was literally cut into pieces by the military suffragist Mary Richardson (later became head of the women's unit of the British Union of Fascists) after the arrest of her companion, Emmeline Pankhrust. The woman entered the London National Gallery, despite warnings of a possible attack, and made seven cuts almost across the entire back of Venus. Richardson received a six-month prison term for her atrocity.
5. "St. Anna with Mary and the Infant Christ "(1499-1500) Leonardo da Vinci
(Leonardo da Vinci - The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist)
A black and white sketch of coal and chalk, written by Da Vinci 500 years ago, is also in the London National Gallery. In 1987, it was estimated at $ 35 million. Then the man tried to shoot a picture of the circumcision, intending to demonstrate his displeasure with "political, social and economic conditions in Britain." The shot damaged the protective glass and caused the appearance of a 6-inch hole in the garment of Our Lady. Numerous pieces of glass and pieces of paper were removed during the restoration, which, however, almost always happens in such cases, could not return the original look to the work.
6. "Actor", (1904) Pablo Picasso
(Pablo Picasso - The Actor)
Try to remember about some accident from your life that cost you a lot of money. Do you remember? And now compare your losses with losses suffered by the Metropolitan Museum in 2010, when one of the visitors accidentally fell on the picture Peak