Why do paintings inspire such strong emotions?

One Saturday afternoon in the summer of 1985, this beautiful work by Rembrandt was viciously attacked by a madman. The perpetrator lunged at the painting with a knife, slashing the lower belly and pouring a liter of sulfuric acid on the canvas forming a bubbling mass that tricked to the floor. His identity has never been disclosed.

The damage was terrifying. So much of the painting was destroyed that it took years to even decide how to go about salvaging what was left.

Finally it has been reintroduced. But what you see in Danae today is not the original Rembrandt but rather the spirit of Rembrandt.

This is the original painting photographed before the attack.

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