Valuable paintings, stone sculptures and sarcophagi at three institutions on the German capital's UNESCO-listed Museum Island have been sprayed with an "oily liquid" that left visible stains, police say.
The 6th-century structure was the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral before it was changed into an imperial mosque following the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul. It was subsequently turned into a museum in 1934.
Visitors will be asked to wear a mask and keep social distancing while collective games and gatherings of more than 10 people would be banned.
"From mid-May it will be possible for presentation venues in the artistic and cultural field, definitely museums ... to reopen," Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler of the junior coalition party, the Greens, told a news conference.
The painting "Lentetuin," or "Spring Garden," which depicts the garden of the rectory at Neunen and dates to 1884, had been on loan from the Groninger Museum in the northern Dutch city of Groningen.
The huge show to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist's death in France, drew twice the numbers of the previous biggest show at the world's most visited museum.
The items recovered so far include the remains of several pieces, including Brazilian indigenous arrows, a Peruvian vase, and a pre-Colombian funeral urn.
French law strictly forbids the government from ceding state property, even in well-documented cases of pillaging, despite growing calls in Africa for restitution.
“Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi is coming to #LouvreAbuDhabi,” the museum said on Twitter displaying an image of the 500-year-old work.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has been organising talks focusing on art from countries being targeted by US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban.
Tatarstan's Museum of Islamic Civilizations receives first copy of Arabic Quran printed in Japan 82 years ago
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