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Louvre loses paintings in fire

About 200 paintings were destroyed. They represent a loss of USD$2.3 million
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The three paintings that the Louvre lent to the Maritime Museum of Tatihou in Normandy were destroyed due to a fire, along with two hundred artworks, informed the art gallery.

The fire, which only caused material damage, was started by a lightning, according to local authorities.

Without providing the names of the paintings, the museum explained that three paintings from their collection had been “unfortunately consumed in the disaster” that occurred on the island.

The Louvre also expressed "its most sincere solidarity with the team of the museum of Tatihou" and the Departmental Council of La Mancha which is in charge of its management.

The Council explained in a statement the details of the fire, announced at about 17:30 GMT on Tuesday in the reserve of the institution, which exposes works related to the sea.

According to the Ouest-France newspaper, the Director of Heritage and Museums of La Mancha, Alain Talon, estimated that the 200 pictures destroyed represent a financial loss of two million euros (USD$2.3 million).

According to Talon, the missing Louvre loans are: "La vente de poisson," painted in the 19th century by Alexandre Casati, deposited on the island since 2005, and a marine painting of the seventeenth-century Dutch school.

The losses also include the disappearance or serious damage of several thousand ethnographic pieces related to the maritime world, he added.


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