Beirut Devastation

August 7 2020

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The world has been shocked by Tuesday's devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, which has thus far claimed 137 lives, left thousands injured and many more homeless.

The ARCA Blog, which focuses on Art Crime, has posted pictures purporting to show the interiors of the Sursock Palace in Beirut after the blast. The Sursock Palace, still in private hands but connected to the Sursock Museum network, was built in the nineteenth century and contains a historic collection of art and furniture.

It seems that the blast has not only shattered windows spraying glass everywhere, but that some of the roofs and ceilings of the rooms have also caved in. There are some images of paintings that have perished in their frames. One in particular seems to show a painting which has been hit by so much glass that it has been sliced off of its relining canvas (?).

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