Sulfuric acid  

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Danae (1636) by Rembrandt
Although Saskia was the original model, Rembrandt later changed the face to that of Geertje. In 1985 the painting was severely damaged, especially near the legs, when a lunatic threw sulphuric acid at it. It took the Hermitage twelve years to restore it.

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Sulfuric acid, (or sulphuric acid in British English) , is a strong mineral acid. It is soluble in water at all concentrations. Sulfuric acid has many applications, and is one of the top products of the chemical industry. World production in 2001 was 165 million tonnes, with an approximate value of US$8 billion. Principal uses include lead-acid batteries for cars and other vehicles, ore processing, fertilizer manufacturing, oil refining, wastewater processing, and chemical synthesis.

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