Putin Enters The Art World
Vladimir Putin's snowfall painting
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is an art critic now, in case you didn't know.
After his painting of a snowfall
fetched $1.1 million at a fundraiser in January, Putin's eyes were "immediately caught," the RIA Novosti news agency breathlessly relates
, by the sword in the 1973 work "Prince Oleg With Igor" during a tour of artist Ilya Glazunov's gallery on June 10.
Russia's former president-turned-renaissance-man told Glazunov that the "sword is a bit too short, it looks like a pocket knife," which in turn "looks like it is only good for slicing sausage."
Glazunov immediately agreed to alter the painting.
Good, because the prime minister, in his own words, doesn't "miss a single detail."