Mona Lisa masterpiece is filled with cakes
On June 5, “The Mona Lisa” was the target of a sabotage plot perpetrated by a visitor to the Louvre museum in Paris, France.
The perpetrator was a man wearing a wig and in a wheelchair. Due to the priority rule for people with disabilities to be closer to the paintings than other people, this man was allowed to stand very close to the painting. Taking advantage of that advantage, he threw a piece of cake at the work.
“While standing near the painting, this person threw a cake that he had hidden in his personal belongings into the glass cabinet that protected the painting,” the Louvre said in a statement.
Fortunately, the Mona Lisa was protected by a glass cabinet, so this action did not affect the painting.
The 36-year-old perpetrator was arrested and taken to a mental hospital. The museum also filed a complaint against this action.
In a video recorded by a visitor, the man’s voice is heard saying in French: “Think of the Earth, there are people destroying it.” Another video shows an employee wiping the cake from the glass.
Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece – is said to be the most famous painting in the world, attracting millions of tourists every year to visit. To see this painting, visitors often have to queue.
The Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911 by a museum employee. The underside of the painting was also doused with acid in the 1950s. These risks prompted the Louvre to increase protective measures around the work, including bulletproof glass.
In 2009, an angry woman threw a porcelain cup at the painting. The cup was broken but fortunately the picture was not damaged.
Dang Duong (According to Independent)
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