Leonardo da Vinci’s Death; today, a dozen museums across the UK are simultaneously opening “Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing,” an exhibition of the famed Renaissance artist’s work to mark the 500th anniversary his death, on May 2, 1519.
Decisions in the Serres d’Auteuil or Samaritaine cases raised the fear that the use of heritage protection associations in the Council of State – an institution where there is no equivalent in other democratic countries – is certainly doomed to failure. Fortunately, common sense and legislation seem to triumph for a while in a much-discussed case, but we had not really been treated in The Tribune of Art (except here) to be able to investigate early enough: the construction of Beynac’s derivation, in the Périgord. In fact, in a judgment of 28 December 2018, the Conseil d’État considered that this project was not responding to a compelling reason of overriding public interest, it seems likely that in the state of the investigation serious doubts would arise as to the legality of the contested decree “and therefore decided that the decree of the prefect of the Dordogne of 29 January 2018, authorizing the works, was suspended.
After the suspension of the work of this deviation by the Council of State on Friday, the initiator, Germinal Peiro, confirms that it will continue the legal battle. The history of the case shows that he has often made a personal history.