Work by Ilya Repin torn in three places by man who become ‘overwhelmed’ after drinking in Moscow gallery

One of Russia’s most famous paintings, which depicts tsar Ivan the Terrible cradling his dying son, has been badly damaged after a man attacked it with a metal pole.

The canvas – Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581 – was completed by renowned Russian realist Ilya Repin in 1885 and portrays a grief-stricken tsar holding his own son in his arms after dealing him a mortal blow, a historical incident the veracity of which some Russian nationalists dispute.

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