An oil painting of Adolf Hitler was attacked in a museum by a man wielding a screwdriver.
The enraged art viewer shouted “b ***** d” as he attempted to destroy the Fuhrer’s artwork.
Hitler’s work was hung in the Museo di Salo, a museum in the seaside resort of Salo on Lake Garda in Italy, as part of a traveling exhibition.
According to a spokesperson for the museum, the assailant was around 40 years old and had come with the intention of slashing the painting.
Security officers managed to prevent the man from destroying the painting, although the author managed to escape from the museum premises.
The image suffered only small bursts of color. The owner, a private collector in Germany, decided after examining the damage not to file a complaint.
The painting, measuring 12 by 16 inches, has no official name and features a seemingly endless dark space with dark colors.
In the foreground, a man sits behind a table next to a standing figure.
The signature “Adolf Hitler” can be found in the lower right corner.
This is the first time that Hitler’s work has been shown publicly in an exhibition.
The genocidal maniac tried unsuccessfully to become a painter at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna before becoming the Fuhrer of Nazi Germany.
It is not known when the painting was done exactly.
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The exhibition talks about art and madness.
According to a spokesperson for the museum, the reason the painting was not better protected is its “poor artistic merit” compared to the works by Francisco de Goya and Francis Bacon, which are also part of the exhibition by about 200 pieces.
Exhibition curator Vittorio Sgarbi said works like Hitler’s must be viewed with “contempt and distance” but “without reproducing the censorship and hatred expressed by dictatorships”.
Sgarbi called Hitler’s work an “image of despair” and said it reminded him of Franz Kafka.
He added that we can only see “misery”.
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