Leonardo's Vitruvian Man can go to the Louvre, court rules

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Italia Nostra, a heritage group, recently filed a complaint saying the drawing, which is kept in a climate-controlled vault at the Accademia Gallery of Venice, was too fragile to travel and risked being damaged by lighting in the Louvre if displayed for a long period.

too fragile to travel The last-minute legal challenge had ...hreatened to disrupt an agreement between Italy and France for seven Leonardo works to be lent to Paris for the exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of his death. The exhibition is due to open on 24 October.

Italy and France commemorating the 500th anniversary As a symbolic gesture, Italy’s culture minister, Dario Franceschini, and his French counterpart, Franck Riester, signed the accord last month, ending a feud triggered by the previous Italian government over the loans. In return, France will lend Italy paintings by Raphael for events marking 500 years since his death next year.

Raphael In its complaint, Italia Nostra had argued that because Vitruvian Man could be displayed only for short periods every six years, it risked having to be concealed for up to a decade if shown at the Louvre because the drawing had previously been exhibited in Venice this year.

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