The painting — titled “Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581,” depicts Russia’s first czar cradling his dying son after striking him in a fit of rage. Media reports say the suspect said he damaged the painting because he thinks it is historically inaccurate.
Russian media say Repin’s 1885 canvas received several holes, but the faces of the czar and his son were undamaged. NVG
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