The Kremlin has returned a painting to the Prado Gallery in Spain and some armor on loan for an exhibition postponed after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, two Spanish sources said on Monday.
The 1605 painting, a full-length portrait of Emperor Charles V by Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, and a collection of armor worn by the king in the painting were returned with the “full cooperation” of the Russian museum, sources said. The armor is usually on display in the arsenal of the Royal Palace in Madrid.
The Prado Museum and the Armed Forces declined to comment. Last week, Spain’s Spanish culture minister said the government had requested that the works be returned in protest of the war.
The Kremlin Museum in Moscow has postponed the exhibition “The Duel: From Trials to Battle to Noble Crime,” from its planned opening on March 4, 2022. The exhibition was to include exhibitions from several European museums, according to its website.
“The Kremlin Museums in Moscow are now working to make the exhibition non-European,” the Russian agency said on its website.
Such shows are organized more than a year in advance, said one Spanish source interviewed by Reuters.
The Spanish institutions coordinated the separation with the British Royal Arms Museum, the Louvre Museum and the French National Library, which had also borrowed works, the other source added.
Reuters could not immediately confirm whether the British and French works had also arrived in their home countries.
Spain’s National Heritage, Spain’s royal residence and museum, lent several items, including armor designed to be worn by a king’s greyhound, and another worn by Philip III as a child. All the items have been returned, sources said.
The painting and armor left Russia on March 12 and traveled by land through Finland, Germany and France, they said.
As a sign of wider tensions caused by the war in Ukraine, two museums in Milan said earlier this month that they would return some works of art on loan from Russia.
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