Visnews cameras hastened to the Alte Pinakothek in Munich Feb 26 to see the extent of the damage caused by 'an unknown person' who threw acid over a Rubens Painting 'Fall of the Damned'.
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Background: Visnews cameras hastened to the Alte Pinakothek in Munich Feb 26 to see the extent of the damage caused by 'an unknown person' who threw acid over a Rubens Painting 'Fall of the Damned'.
According to Dr. Kurt Martin, Director General of the Bavarian Art Galleries, about 100 people were in the Alte Pinakothek when the acid was thrown.
The Fall of the Damned was painted in 1620, and a strip was added to it by Rubens pupils. It has been valued at GBP85,000, but the acid has destroyed a fifth of its surface.
Warning of the destruction was given to a local newspaper messenger under a letterhead 'Free Philosophical Institute (Information), Walter Menzl, Uberlingen, on Lake Constance, the sender said he was not mad. He wanted his act regarded as 'an explosion of spirit' which had something to say for the future of humanity and had found no hearing in normal ways.
Nothing is known yet about the future of the 'Fall of the Damned'.
'Fall of the Damned was mutilated during the Nazi era, when the name Goering was smeared on the naked stomach of one of the ugliest figures depicted descending to Hell.