The French city of Amiens has appealed to Madonna to return the lost 1918 painting after it bought it in 1989.

Madonna revealed. She will embark on a world tour later this year.A stop in nearby Paris – with the mayor of Amiens hoping the Queen of Pop can help improve its chances of becoming a European capital of culture.

Diana and Endymion by Jerome Martin Langlos depicts the Roman goddess Diana looking passionately at Endymion, with Cupid standing between them.

It was once on display in a museum in Amiens, but was lost after a German bombing campaign in 1918.

However, according to French newspaper Le Figaro, the painting, or a similar one, was sold in New York in 1989 – where Madonna paid $1.3 million (£1.05 million) for it.

Amiens, the birthplace of French President Emmanuel Macron, is a candidate for the 2028 European Capital of Culture.

In a video posted on Facebook, the mayor of Amiens, Brigitte Faure, said: “We do not dispute your legal pursuit in any way, but we are candidates to be the European Capital of Culture in 2028.

“So I’d like you to lend us your painting on this occasion, this year.”

After World War I, parts of Amiens were badly damaged.  Photo: AP
After World War I, parts of Amiens were badly damaged. Photo: AP

Ms Fore suspects the painting was given to the city by the Louvre in Paris before World War I, but the gallery lost track of it.

Diana and Andaman was commissioned by King Louis XVIII, and purchased by the state in 1873.

Sky News has contacted Madonna’s representatives for a response.

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