The drawing was too fragile to be transported to Paris, it said last week. An Italian court had initially upheld the appeal of the Italian traditional association Italia Nostra (Our Italy) - and stopped the proposed loan of the famous drawing "The Vitruvian Man" by Leonardo da Vinci for an exhibition in the Louvre. But now the administrative court in Venice has approved the loan.
The judges justified this with "the extraordinary global relevance of the exhibition in the Louvre and the desire of Italy to expand its cultural potential". The Administrative Court thus rejected the action brought by Italia Nostra as insufficient. The association had argued that such important cultural assets should not go out of the country on the basis of an old regulation.
"The Vitruvian Man" is to be shown at the end of the month together with other works by da Vinci on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of the Renaissance artist in Paris. (Read an article about the difficult planning of the show here.)
"The Vitruvian Man", one of the most famous works of da Vinci, is rarely shown to the public and usually hangs in an air-conditioned vault in the Galleria dell'Accademia in Venice. According to Italian media, the subscription is insured in the amount of at least one billion euros. It shows a man with outstretched arms and legs in two superimposed positions. The name derives from the ancient architect Vitruvius (1st century BC) and his Proportion doctrine.
Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini had signed a memorandum with his French counterpart Franck Riester in September in Paris, after which this drawing and six other Leonardo works will be loaned to the Louvre. At the same time, the loan of works by the Renaissance painter Raphael (1483-1520) was agreed for an exhibition in Rome on the 500th anniversary of his death next year.