The painting “Ivan the Terrible and his son Ivan on November 16, 1581” painted by famous Russian painter Ilya Repin was infamously damaged by a drunk vandal on May 25 of last year.
The offender grabbed one of the metal fence posts and smashed the protective glass, damaging the canvas in the process. According to experts, the damage to an invaluable work of art amounted to over 30 million rubles.
Last month, the Zamoskvoretsky Court of the city of Moscow announced the verdict to the criminal who inflicted several blows to the valuable canvas — two years and six months in a general regime colony. The crime was qualified as “Destruction or damage to sites or objects of cultural heritage”.
During the trials, no aggravating circumstances of the crime or mental deviations of the defendant were identified, and the court took into account the lack of convictions and positive characteristics of his personality. In the end, the court also credited the defendant with 11 months already spent in the SIZO, with the result that Ivan Podporin will only have to spend about a year in prison.
Despite this, Podporin’s lawyer stated that he will be going to appeal the verdict and declared that there was no reason to believe that the damaged picture is in fact a national treasure.
According to the director of the Tretyakov Gallery, Zelfira Tregulova, the fate of the work is in the hands of leading experts who have consulted with experts both in St. Petersburg and abroad. They will work in a specialized restoration workshop located in the depository of the Tretyakov Gallery.
In the first half of this year, the stage of pre-restoration works was completed, a new workshop was also created, equipped with the latest equipment in the field of restoration of objects of cultural value. Experts are currently working on the first stage of restoration, and the canvas has yet to undergo a series of difficult and very painstaking processes. The Museum reported that the work could potentially be finished and return to permanent exposition of the Museum at the end of 2020.