Madonna beseeched by France’s Amiens mayor to mortgage portray misplaced in WWI


Sitting in entrance of a printout of a grand Neoclassical portray, Brigitte Fouré, the mayor of a metropolis and commune in northern France, appealed to an surprising recipient by way of the digital camera.

“Madonna,” Fouré started, addressing the pop famous person, “you probably don’t know the city of Amiens, of which I have the honor of being mayor. However, in the last few days, a special connection has been established between yourself and the city.”

That connection? Madonna, Fouré stated, might have bought in 1989 a Nineteenth-century murals — “Diana and Endymion” by Jérôme-Martin Langlois — that went lacking from the Amiens fine-art museum greater than a century in the past amid the heavy bombardment of World Warfare I.

And now, the town needs it again on mortgage because it seeks to be named a “European Capital of Culture” for 2028 by the European Union. It’s a designation that features a celebration of arts and heritage, and that usually brings a lift in tourism.

However it’s unclear if Madonna even purchased the portray — or if what she allegedly has is merely a reproduction.

This month, France’s Le Figaro newspaper revealed a report on the portray’s historical past and what it stated was Madonna’s obvious acquisition of it at a New York public sale 34 years in the past. Representatives for the singer didn’t reply to requests for remark.

Sotheby’s affiliate press officer Adrienne DeGisi advised The Washington Put up that the fine-arts firm and dealer couldn’t touch upon who purchased the portray. A duplicate of the unique October 1989 catalogue, offered by DeGisi, describes the portray bought by Sotheby’s as a “replica” with the identical title and similar dimensions of the unique Langlois portray, “now destroyed.”

The worth of the sale on the time, she added, was $440,000. {The catalogue} entry additionally cites the artist’s descendant Marianne Froté-Langlois, whom DeGisi stated “considered the painting to be a replica of the lost Amiens original.”

Le Figaro stated {that a} museum curator noticed the portray in a picture of the within of Madonna’s house revealed by Paris Match, a weekly journal, in 2015. It had lengthy been thought-about untraceable — and even destroyed within the warfare.

The newspaper famous, nevertheless, that the portray lacked a signature and a stamp. It additionally reported that the scale of the unique portray and the one which was bought differed by about 3 centimeters, or 1.2 inches.

The portray depicts three figures: the Roman goddess Diana, shepherd prince Endymion and a small Cupid-like determine floating between them. It was commissioned by Louis XVIII within the early Nineteenth century and was meant to hold at Versailles, Le Figaro reported.

Fouré urged the residents of Amiens to echo her name to carry the portray again house for some time.

“Amienois, Amiénis, you also have a role to play,” she stated within the video. “Share this message massively so it reaches Madonna! I’m counting on you!”

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