Madonna Asked to Lend Long-Lost Painting to French City of Amiens

Mayor of amiens, northern france, brigitte fourã©, has asked madonna if the city can borrow a painting previously believed to have been destroyed. the artwork is called diana and endymion by jã©rã´me-martin langlois and was commissioned by king louis xviii of france for a room in the palace of versailles. the painting was bought by france in 1873 and was loaned to the amiens museum by the louvre in paris before the war began.

Painting was exhibited from 1878 but went missing during world war one. french paper le figaro reported that the painting – or one that was almost identical – was bought in a new york auction in 1989 by madonna herself for â£1m ($1.3m). mayor brigitte fourã© has asked madonna to lend the painting to the city so locals can rediscover and enjoy it. madonna has just announced a world tour which will include a performance in paris, which is less than two hours by train from amiens, this november.

Brigitte fourã© posted a video to facebook asking madonna to lend the painting to the city. the painting was bought by madonna in a new york auction in 1989 for â£1m ($1.3m) and there is no suggestion the painting was obtained illegally. displaying the artwork would help the city’s bid to become the 2028 european capital of culture. the bbc has contacted madonna’s agent for comment.

By Evey Lovelace

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