Art is not appreciated by everyone, because it is purely subjective. Then again, even the classics can’t get the respect they deserve nowadays.
The famous Mona Lisa was subjected to vandalism on Sunday, May 29th. A visitor smeared cake frosting all over the painting’s protective glass.
According to CNN Style, the man was wearing a wig in the videos of the incident. He could be seen approaching the painting in his wheelchair and in the next second, he threw a cake at it. The videos have been widely shared on social media and videos of the aftermath show him on a foot with a wheelchair near him.
A statement from the famous Louvre museum in Paris said, “A visitor simulated a disability in order to use a wheelchair to approach the work, which was installed in a secure display case. The Louvre applied its usual procedures for people with reduced mobility, allowing them to admire this major work of art.”
“While standing near the painting, this individual threw a pastry he had hidden in his personal belongings at the Mona Lisa’s glass case. This act had no effect on the painting, which was not damaged in any way,” the statement further noted.
Another representative from the museum clarified that any visitor which a disability, can move around the museum in a wheelchair to appreciate the art.
The man who performed the vandalism has obviously been arrested and taken to a psychiatry infirmary at police headquarters. The Louvre has also filed a complaint.
Mona Lisa is Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece and it still draws a million visitors every year. It has been always subject to vandalism as well as thievery. It was stolen by one of Louvre employees back in 1911. In the 1950s, it also suffered an acid attack. Also, in 2009, a woman threw a ceramic cup at the painting.
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