Man who attacked Russian art masterpiece says driven by ideology

Joann Johnston
May 30, 2018

Repin's canvas, one of the country's most famous paintings and described by its curators as being in the same league as the Mona Lisa, depicts Russia's 16th century ruler, Ivan the bad, cradling his dead son in the moments after the tsar, according to some historical accounts, killed the prince in a fit of rage.

But in a Moscow court appearance on Tuesday, Podporin denied he had drunk vodka before the attack, and said he had acted because he objected to the painting.

"The painting is badly damaged, the canvas is ripped in three places in the central part".

"As a result of the blows the thick glass. was smashed", the gallery said in a statement.

A 37-year old man from the town of Voronezh was arrested at the scene, police said in a statement.

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Russian state officials have lobbied for the rehabilitation of Ivan the bad, who led Russia from 1547 to 1583 and earned the moniker "Terrible" due to his brutal policies, which included the creation of a secret police that spread mass terror and executed thousands of people. I came at eight in the evening, and then wanted to go to the canteen. "I don't (usually) drink vodka, and something just snapped".

Vasily Boiko-Veliky, a dairy magnate who belongs to a breakaway fundamentalist Russian Orthodox group and believes Tsar Ivan made Russia great has waged a campaign in recent years to have the painting removed from the Tretyakov. "It was a question of seconds", she said, saying the gallery nonetheless planned to review security.

It was not the first time the painting has suffered such an attack.

The canvas was also attacked in 1913 by a mentally disturbed man who slashed it with a knife three times. The painting was sent for restoration and the restorers have already begun studying the damages inflicted on the painting and ways of painting's restoration.

Russian state officials have lobbied for the rehabilitation of the medieval ruler's image, who led Russia from 1547 to 1583 and earned the moniker "Terrible" due to his brutal policy of oprichnina, which included the creation of a secret police that spread mass terror and executed thousands of people. Both Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky and President Vladimir Putin have said that Ivan the bad was far from awful and was target of a negative PR campaign by Western powers of his day. "Did he not? Many experts say he did not and that this was invented by the pope's nuncio who came to Russian Federation for talks and tried to turn Orthodox Rus to a Catholic Rus", Putin said.

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