A man dressed up as an elderly woman attempted to vandalize the famous Mona Lisa painting this weekend at The Louvre museum in France in what authorities are saying was a climate change protest.
The 36 year old man, who moved through the museum in a wheelchair while dressed as an older woman’s wig, sprung from the wheelchair, according to witnesses, before he attempted to break the protective glass casing around the painting and then smeared what appeared to be a cream or icing-like substance on the glass.
When authorities apprehended the man, video shows him being escorted out of the museum yelling in French about climate change.
“Think of the Earth. There are people who are destroying the Earth. Think about it. Artists tell you: Think of the Earth. That’s why I did this,” the man yelled as security guards dragged him from the scene. The man has been taken to a nearby psychiatric unit for evaluation and treatment.
Photos taken by onlookers after the incident show museum workers cleaning what looked like cream or white icing from the protective glass around the Mona Lisa. The painting was unharmed in the attack, thanks to the glass, which was originally placed around the famous piece of art in 1956 when it was hit by acid and rock in two separate incidents.
“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,” the museum said in a statement following the incident.
“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.”
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
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