An Italian court docket has blocked the mortgage of a famed sketch by Leonardo da Vinci to the Louvre museum in Paris, forward of a extremely anticipated exhibition of the artist’s best works.
Tradition and heritage group Italia Nostra argued that Leonardo’s “Vitruvian Man” sketch was too fragile to be transported to the Louvre, the place it was anticipated to be included in an exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the artist’s demise.
Italia Nostra launched an enchantment with a regional court docket to halt the sketch’s mortgage, which was upheld by a court docket ruling on Tuesday.
Italia Nostra argued that the work was too fragile to be transported, and could possibly be broken if displayed within the Louvre.
It additionally expressed concern that if the work have been exhibited in Paris, Venice’s Gallerie dell’Accademia — the place the sketch is held — could be compelled to hide it for a number of years on its return to restrict the chance of environmental publicity.
“Vitruvian Man” can solely be displayed for brief intervals to restrict environmental injury.
The exhibition on the Louvre — the place Leonardo’s most well-known work, the Mona Lisa, is admired by some 20,000 individuals a day — is because of open on October 24.
Alongside its personal assortment of Leonardo work, the museum stated it will show “practically 120 works” from European and American establishments.
In a press release revealed on-line, Italia Nostra stated it welcomed the court docket’s choice to droop the mortgage, and famous that authorities would make a closing choice on the mortgage later in October.
Amid simmering tensions between Rome and Paris earlier this 12 months, Italy’s junior tradition minister, Lucia Borgonzoni, threatened to cancel the mortgage, including, “there are many issues within the Louvre that ought to be returned to us, even above and past the outdated controversy surrounding the Mona Lisa.”
Representatives for the Louvre didn’t reply to CNN’s request for remark.