In the Union of artists of Russia commented on the attack on Repin’s painting

© Depositphotos / VLADJ55Картина Ilya Repin Ivan the terrible kills his son in the Tretyakov gallery in MoscowIn the Union of artists of Russia commented on the attack on Repin’s painting© Depositphotos / VLADJ55

Restoration of paintings by Ilya Repin «Ivan the terrible and his son Ivan on 16 November 1581» can take from several months to several years. About this in an interview with RT said the academician of the Russian Academy of arts, Deputy Chairman of the Union of artists of Russia Sergey Zagraevsky.

According to him, the period of restoration of the canvas will depend on the type of damage. In addition, the restoration usually involves additional restoration paints, varnish and frame.

«Perhaps we will not see this painting a few years, if has now been decided that it is necessary to do a comprehensive restoration. Well, since broken canvas, it is in any case enough hard work on its stitching and also the restoration of the paint layer,» — said the expert.

He recalled that a famous painting entered the history of Russian art as the first once attacked. In 1913 it was cut with a knife the believer Abram Balashov. The restoration has been for many years, it was attended by Repin himself.

The night before, right before the closing of the Museum, a man from among the recent visitors broke through in the empty hall through the group of employees of the Tretyakov gallery and banged on a glass canvas painting «Ivan the terrible and his son Ivan» metal bar fence.

The assailant was arrested. Against him opened a criminal case under article «Destruction or damage of cultural heritage objects». He faces up to six years of imprisonment.