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Russia Unveils Restored Rembrandt

October 13, 1997

MOSCOW (AP) _ A restored Rembrandt painting was unveiled Monday at the Hermitage Museum, a dozen years after it was attacked by a man who threw acid on the canvas and slashed it with a knife.

``The Danae″ is to go back on display Tuesday in the renowned museum in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city. For the next year, the painting by the Dutch master is to be part of an exhibit devoted to its restoration.

Museum director Mikhail Piotrovsky said there was only so much the restorers could do to save the badly damaged oil painting.

``The former Danae does not exist any longer and we have to reconcile ourselves to the idea,″ NTV television quoted Piotrovsky as saying. ``What we have is disfigured, but yet preserved, beauty.″

More than one-fourth of the painting was damaged in the June 15, 1985, attack.

The painting is to be displayed behind bulletproof glass, the television report said.

Catherine the Great bought the painting in Paris in 1772.

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