by Alex HirschfeldtThe painting, titled “Et tu, il luvio?,” was commissioned by the Italian oil painter Giancarlo D’Amato in the early 19th century.
In the painting, a young woman walks down a street of Venice in what appears to be the 1930s.
The painting’s title refers to the end times, and is a warning of what could happen if the human race remains on this path.
The painting is now on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and was purchased from the artist in 2003.
It’s a work of art that has caused controversy in Italy and is widely regarded as an art-murdering work.
A representative from the museum told The Daily Beast that the painting was purchased by D’Ameo “to be used for art purposes, and not for political propaganda.”
D’Amao, whose works have been exhibited around the world for over a century, did not immediately respond to The Daily News’ request for comment.