An attack on the famous “Mona Lisa” in the Louvre
It’s a real shock at the Louvre museum. A man disguised as an old lady threw a cake on the painting of the Mona Lisa. The person in charge explained himself and an investigation was opened…
The cream of the artists’ paintings has been stained… with cream. On May 29, at the Louvre museum, a man disguised himself as an old lady in a wheelchair and took the opportunity to approach the legendary Mona Lisa… and put his hands on it!
According to accounts relayed on Twitter, the man dressed as a grandmother abruptly got up from his wheelchair in front of a crowd of visitors and threw the cake at the painting, then threw roses around him. Fortunately, Leonardo’s 16th-century work of art was hardly damaged thanks to its protective glass. Museum staff quickly wiped the glass clean, while astonished visitors filmed the scene.
But it wasn’t for pure entertainment that the lister threw cream on the Mona Lisa. Before being escorted out of the museum, the man declared in front of the visitors: “There are people who are destroying the Earth (…) All artists, think of the Earth. That’s why I did this. Think about the planet”.
An investigation for “attempt of degradation of a cultural good” was opened, indicating the public prosecutor’s office of Paris. The alleged “entarteur” would be 36 years old and would have been admitted to the psychiatric infirmary of the prefecture of police of Paris.
In December 1956, a Bolivian visitor had thrown a stone at the Mona Lisa. The protective glass was broken and the portrait of the young woman was slightly damaged at the elbow. After this incident, the spreadsheet was placed behind a secure glass case. Since 2005, the work has been exhibited behind an armoured glass, protected by a box that regulates humidity and temperature.