Art: Restored

For 15 days in a room on the second floor of the Louvre Museum in Paris a young Russian artist named Serge Bogousslavsky sketched industriously while guards wandered about the halls. Each day, unnoticed, he frayed and broke one strand of the wire upholding a tiny masterpiece—valued from $80,000 up—by Antoine Watteau: L' Indifférent. On the 18th day after lunch a guard walked into the room and stared (TIME, June 26). L'Indifférent and Russian were both gone.

One day this week, Serge Bogousslavsky, guarded by two lawyers, marched into a police station, unwrapped...

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