French town asks Madonna to lend back lost 19th-century painting


The mayor of Amiens in northern France has contacted Madonna to ask for the return of Diane et Endymion, a 19th-century artwork by neoclassical painter Jérôme-Martin Langlois, which disappeared from the town's art museum during WWI until it, or a fine copy of it, appeared in a photograph of the US singer at home published by weekly Paris Match.

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In 1989, Madonna purchased a painting of Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting, looking with yearning at Endymion, the handsome, mythological shepherd, reports The Times.