It is one of the most famous tapestries globally, depicting the work of one of the most famous artists in the world. Now the work is being reclaimed by its owner after it was on display for more than three decades. Jeff Glor has the details.
JEFF GLOR: It may be the most famous anti-war painting ever made, but after more than 35 years, a tapestry copy of Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" is gone from the United Nations. Picasso made the original in 1937 at the height of the Spanish Civil War, following a vicious bombing campaign in Basque country. The painting is searing in detail, a mother holding a dead child, women running from the scene, animals suffering.
A tapestry was commissioned by former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and put on loan to the UN in 1984. The Rockefellers had already donated land for the UN to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, but recently, Nelson Rockefeller Jr. notified the UN of the family's intention to retrieve it. A spokesperson told CBS News the UN is grateful the tapestry was on loan for so long, but UN Secretary General António Guterres was more blunt, also telling CBS News this week, quote, "It is horrible, horrible that it's gone."
- If you've been to the UN, it was an unforgettable part of that scene for 35 years now. Press conferences were held in front of it, so they now have a commission that's looking into whatever is going to replace "Guernica."
- It will be interesting to see what they decide upon.
- It will be.
- There's so many options out there.