Digital Spy

Search Digital Spy

Fun News

Berlusconi breaks Da Vinci no photo rule

By
Silvio Berlusconi

© WENN

Silvio Berlusconi has been criticised after posing for photographs in front of Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper in Milan's Santa Maria della Grazie museum.

Italy's prime minister stood with his wife in front of the 15th Century mural for several minutes yesterday while members of the press used flash photography, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Professor Ulberico Santa Maria, who works at the scientific department of the Vatican Museums, said: "There is no way I would have allowed flash photography in front of The Last Supper.

"Flash photography is not recommended at all for works of art because of the intense damage that can be caused - certainly photography is allowed but the conditions have to be strict controlled using filters.

"The fact that The Last Supper is a mural painting and not a fresco makes it all the more fragile to something like flash photography, because of the organic material in the paint. This pigment is sensitive to flash photography and that's why we do not allow it."

However, superintendent of works in Milan Alberto Artioli said: "I gave permission for three photographers to enter and take pictures. It was my responsibility, my decision and I authorised them because I did not see a problem.

"Flash photography can cause damage and ruin works of art, but in this it was just for a few moments. The photographers were quite far back and I really don't see the problem."

You May Like