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Famous Ivan the Terrible painting 'badly damaged' after vandal attacks Moscow gallery

Famous Ivan the Terrible painting 'badly damaged' after vandal attacks Moscow galleryA vandal enraged by what he claimed is a misleading portrayal of Ivan the Terrible has badly damaged one of the most iconic paintings of the infamous Tsar.  The attacker, who has not been named, used a metal pole to break the glass protecting Ilya Repin's Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16th, 1581, just before closing time at Moscow's Treyakov gallery on Friday.  "The painting is badly damaged, the canvas is ripped in three places in the central part…. The falling glass also damaged the frame," the gallery said in a statement.  "Luckily, the most valuable images, those of the faces and hands of the tsar and prince were not damaged," the statement said. A 37-year old man from the town of Voronezh was arrested at the scene, police said in a statement.  The suspect told officers that he had acted because of what he called the "falsehood of the historical facts depicted on the canvas." Ilya Repin was one of the greatest Russian artists of the 19th century Credit: GL Archive / Alamy Stock Photo “I came to see the painting. I wanted to leave, but then dropped into the buffet and drank 100 grams of vodka. I don’t drink vodka, and became overwhelmed by something,” he said in a video released by police.   Repin's painting, which was completed in 1885, depicts the moment of deranged grief when the aging Ivan the Terrible realizes he has murdered his son and heir apparent in a rage.  It is considered one of Repin's most emotionally intense paintings, and it has been said that Ivan the Terrible's eyes can drive viewers mad.  Tsar Alexander III disliked the painting so much he banned its display for several months after it was unveiled – making it the first painting subject to censorship in Russia. The painting after the 1913 knife attack Credit: Wikipedia Commons In 1913 a mentally ill man called Abram Balashov cut it with a knife in three places, shouting "enough death, enough blood!" Gregory Khruslov, the curator responsible for the painting, threw himself under a train when he heard about it.   Repin, who is widely considered the greatest Russian painter of the 19th century, was still alive to help restore the painting after that attack.  The painting has been held by the Tretyakov since the 19th century. In 2011 Repin's A Parisian Cafe fetched  £4.5 million at auction.  Ivan the Terrible ruled Russia from 1547 to 1584.  Putin last year defending Ivan the Terrible (not that bad, look at all the other leaders back then!) "Take the famous legend about how [in English, here] Ivan the Terrible, Ivan Grozny, killed his son. That's known yet, whether he killed his son or not"https://t.co/Ko0tyZZSG2— Scott Rose (@rprose) May 26, 2018 Most sources agree he killed his son Ivan in a quarrel over the Tsar's handling of a war with Poland and his treatment of the Tsarevich's wife, who had miscarried after being beaten by her father-in-law.  But some Russian nationalists argue that his reputation for brutality, including the story that he murdered Ivan, is actually a product of Western propaganda.  Vladimir Putin said last year that "its is not known yet" whether Ivan the Terrible killed his son, and that the whole story may have been made up by envoys from the Vatican who wanted to convert Russia from Orthodoxy to Catholicism.  In 2013, a nationalist group called Holy Rus sent an open letter the Tretyakov's director and Russia's minister of culture demanding Repin's painting be removed on the grounds that there was no evidence for the murder and that the painting was thus "a libel against the Russian people."  In October 2016 the Russian town of Oryol courted controversy by erecting the first public statue of Ivan the Terrible. 



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Russian police arrest man who vandalised Ivan the Terrible painting

Russian police arrest man who vandalised Ivan the Terrible paintingRussian police on Saturday said they arrested a man for vandalising one of the best known works of 19th century painter Ilya Repin, depicting Ivan the Terrible killing his son, at a gallery in Moscow. The Tretyakov Gallery said the work was “seriously damaged” as a result. “The canvas has been ripped in three place in the central part of the Tsar’s son.



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Joe Biden 2020 Is A Terrible Idea In A Post-Weinstein America

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Admonishes Harvey Weinstein: 'You've Done Terrible Things'

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Google points out everyone's terrible spelling, and then misspells a word

Google points out everyone's terrible spelling, and then misspells a wordWhile Scripps National Spelling Bee this week tries to convince us that America can spell, Google has the state-by-state breakdown to prove otherwise. SEE ALSO: California State University's grad stole features a pretty brutal spelling error The search engine revealed Tuesday which word comes up the most when people type in, "How to spell…" and the results are something else.  America's most misspelled words – it's #spellingbee week and we mapped top "how to spell" searches by state#dataviz pic.twitter.com/oHkRHj8Eku — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) May 30, 2017 The results are telling — Wisconsin looks up how to spell their own state name the most, while New Hampshire is worried about diarrhea and getting that right. @GoogleTrends "Wisconsin" being the most misspelled word in Wisconsin is perfect. — Jamison Stoltz (@EditorStoltz) May 30, 2017 @GoogleTrends Diorrh… diahrr… dioeri… never mind… — davepaisley (@davepaisley) May 30, 2017 Google itself has some of its own spelling problems to sort out. Its original map spelled Washington D.C.'s most searched word as "nintey," which is definitely not how you spell out the number 90. It was corrected later, along with some incorrect letter counting, with a new map and legend marked as the "one to use."  We've made a few corrections to the legend. This is the one to use pic.twitter.com/0Z8fUlzmHc — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) May 30, 2017 Helpfully, or embarrassingly, Google broke down the searches by letter-length. Most searches are for six to 10 letter words, like California, New York, Minnesota, Kentucky and Ohio's "beautiful" or Illinois' "appreciate." Good old Pennsylvania really pulled through with "sauerkraut." Some concernedly short search queries were "liar" in Rhode Island and "nanny" in Mississippi. The two longest words hailed from West Virginia and Connecticut (way harder to spell than Wisconsin) and were the same: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from
Mary Poppins. But the best finding was "tomorrow" topping searches in both Arizona and Colorado — but with different letter lengths. In Arizona, searches for the word were six to 10 letters, while in Colorado they were 11 to 19 letters — that's a lot of extra Ms and Rs. @GoogleTrends Interesting how "tomorrow" has eight letters in Arizona and eleven letters in Colorado — ᵖᵉᵗᵉ (@petecasellini) May 30, 2017 Catch the spelling bee finals on Thursday — they'll be on ESPN. Maybe "chihuahua" or "banana" will be the ultimate stumper. But probably not, considering last year's winning words were "gesellschaft" and "Feldenkrais." WATCH: The adaptation differences in the Harry Potter series are wickedly permissible



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President Trump’s Terrible One-Month Report Card

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