Austria relents over Durer paintings at Prado

11th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 March 2005, VIENNA-The international row over a major exhibition of works by the Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer in Madrid has taken an unexpected turn .

11 March 2005

VIENNA-The international row over a major exhibition of  works by the Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer in Madrid has taken an unexpected turn .

The Austrian minister of culture has agreed the pictures can stay in Spain during a special exhibition.

Earlier the minister, Elisabeth Gehrer, had expressed indignation that the Albertina museum in Vienna had sent the works without authorization to the Prado museum in Madrid, which is displaying them as part of an exhibition that opened on 8 March and runs to 29 May.

The works include Durer's famous watercolour of a frightened young hare, known simply as "The Hare," one of his most iconic pieces.

To avoid a diplomatic incident with Spain, Gehrer at first said the works could remain at the Prado for four weeks, but she said she had changed her mind after Spanish authorities agreed to reduce the level of light in the rooms where the works are on display.

The same works were seen by 430,000 visitors when they were displayed at the Albertina in 2003.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

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