Vodka-Driven Man Attacks Painting in Moscow Museum

Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581, by Ilya Repin
Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581, by Ilya Repin

An 1885 masterwork by Russian realist Ilya Repin was badly damaged by a museum visitor in Moscow, sparking a renewed look into museum security across Russia, and the sale of alcohol in galleries. 

From South China Morning Post:

One of Russia’s leading art galleries announced on Monday it would try to stop the sale of alcohol on its premises after a man attacked a masterpiece with a metal pole after drinking vodka there.

The incident at Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery on Friday caused serious damage to one of the country’s most famous paintings – Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581, which depicts Tsar Ivan cradling his dying son – and raised awkward questions about how Russia protects its historical and cultural artefacts.

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