French fashion house Jean Paul Gaultier is facing a lawsuit from Italy’s Uffizi Gallery after some of its pieces from the “Le Musée” collection have reproduced the work of Sandro Botticelli.
The painting The Birth of Venus by Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli, which was created in the 1480s, can be seen on a few items like a nylon tank top and flared trousers. Jean Paul Gaultier could pay up to $100,000 USD in damages for unauthorized commercial use which violates Italy’s Cultural Heritage Code.
Jean Paul Gaultier has since removed the items from its site, however, other retailers still have them available. The museum is also attempting to work with the designer in closing a deal for the commercial use of the artwork.
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