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Martinique / Statue of Empress Josephine
Josephine, Empress (Napleon I) of the French,
née Tascher de la Pagerie, widowed Beauharnais; Trois Ilets (Marti– nique) 23.6.1763
– Malmaison 29.5.1814. – Statue.
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An exhibition currently showing at Tate Britain explores the history of physical attacks on art in Britain from the Sixteenth Century to today. Nearly one hundred years ago, on 10 March 1914, suffragette Mary Richardson slashed Velázquez's Rokeby Venus as it hung in London's National Gallery. We look at other artworks that have been damaged, destroyed and vandalised. The fact that museums and galleries are able to protect and repair artworks when they are vandalised is a true tribute to the art of the restoration teams who work behind the scenes to protect and secure our cultural heritage.