slashing the painting
physically ill and/or enraged at the mere sight of it.
In the 1980's, while the painting was in view, a 30 year-old struggling artist called Gerard Jan van Bladeren attacked it with a box-cutter, slashing the painting.
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The canvas's center. According to reports the "slashes added together measured more than fifty feet long." However, this is just the beginning.
The story began at the beginning, when the restoration of the painting was just as controversial than the vandalism that was originally committed.
All told, the reconstruction took four years and ultimately cost the museum more than $1 million. This led them into a lengthy defamation suit against the