Does Madonna Possess A French Painting Lost In World War I?

Madonna may possess the 'Diana and Endymion' painting lost in World War I
Madonna may possess the 'Diana and Endymion' painting lost in World War I

The Queen of Pop, Madonna has revitalized herself and her music is still relevant and iconic! And the 64-year-old artist is still at it creating music for her fans. Madonna has recently announced a tour titled ‘The Celebration Tour’, a global tour. Within a few minutes, the ‘Vogue’ artist sold the tickets across North America and Europe. The last time she went out on a tour was in 2015-2016 for the ‘Rebel Heart Tour’, which collected around $169.8 million.

However, music is not only the prized possession she has! Madonna has been an avid art collector and admirer. She has always incorporated her artistic integrity and aesthetics into her work. She has a million worth of collections of art from artists like Tamara de Lempicka, Man Ray, Frida Kahlo, and others. But, she also possesses a painting that France lost during World War I commissioned by Louis XVIII. Now, the city from which it hails is pleading to loan them the painting.

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Madonna Has The ‘Diana And Endymion’ Painting

Madonna
Madonna

Madonna may have a replica of the famous Jérôme-Martin Langlois ‘Diana and Endymion’. The French newspaper Le Figaro reported that the singer bought the painting in New York in 1989 for $1.3 million. The painting hailed from the city of Amiens in France. The oil painting features the virgin goddess Diana and the shepherd Endymion. King Louis XVIII commissioned the painting to hang at the Versailles Palace. In 1873, the French Republic acquired the painting.

The painting was in the Amiens Museum till the end of World War I. Germany bombarded and attacked Amiens for almost 28 days. It caused heavy destruction, but fortunately, all the edicts, pieces, and paintings were shifted to a safe place. But, after the war, the painting went missing. The Museum later listed it as ‘destroyed by the falling of a bomb on the museum’. However, the painting that Madonna has is not the original piece. In 2015, someone from the museum located the painting in a picture of the singer in Paris Match magazine.

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The Mayor Of Amiens Urges Madonna To Loan The Painting

Brigitte Fouré
Brigitte Fouré

The Mayor of Amiens, Brigitte Fouré appealed to the ‘Material Girl’ artist to loan the painting to the city by 2028. If the city gets the painting, it may become Europe’s cultural capital in 2028. In the Facebook video message, she said, “Madonna, you probably haven’t heard of Amiens … but there is a special link between you and our city. This painting is probably a work that was lent to the Amiens museum by the Louvre before the first world war after which we lost trace of it”.

The mayor does not think that she has legally acquired the work, but she is urging her to give the painting back. She said, “Clearly, we don’t contest in any way that you have acquired this work legally. Could you lend us this work for the occasion of our bid to become European capital of culture in 2028 so our local inhabitants can rediscover this work and enjoy it? That is my prayer, the wish I am presenting to you”.

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