The “Diana and Endymion” painting by Jérôme-Martin Langlois, which depicts Roman goddess Diana looking lovingly at the handsome Endymion, was once on display in an Amiens museum but was lost after Germany bombed the city in 1918.
There was no immediate reply from a spokesperson for Madonna to an emailed request from Reuters for comment.
“Diana and Endymion,” by Jérôme-Martin Langlois, depicts the Roman goddess Diana falling in love with Endymion, a symbol of timeless beauty. Credit: Sunny Celeste/Alamy
Amiens, where French President Emmanuel Macron was born, is a candidate to be European Capital of Culture in 2028.
The painting was commissioned by French King Louis XVIII for the Diane room in the Versailles palace and bought by the state in 1873.
Fouré said the painting was probably lent to the Amiens museum by the Louvre before World War I, after which Amiens lost trace of it.
Madonna has just announced European dates for her “The Celebration Tour” where she will perform in Paris — less than two hours by train from Amiens — on Nov. 12 and 13, 2023.