VIDEOS: A man throws a piece of cake at the ‘Mona Lisa’ in the Louvre

VIDEOS: A man throws a piece of cake at the 'Mona Lisa' in the Louvre

The man jumped from the wheelchair and smash the cake on the iconic painting of Monalisa. A clip of visitors taking pictures of a cake-covered painting has now been widely circulated on social media. Fortunately, the cake didn’t touch the original artwork. It was smeared only on top of the glass that protects the famous piece by Leonardo da Vinci.

A visitor to the Louvre Museum in Paris threw a piece of cake at the famous ‘Mona Lisa’ painting, one of the gallery’s most important works.

Videos shared on social media by visitors who witnessed the attack show museum staff cleaning the stain left by the cake on the glass that covers the painting.

According to witness accounts, the man, disguised in a wig, and who was traveling in a wheelchair, took advantage of the preferential passage to get as close as possible to the oil painting. He then he got up and threw the cake, then he threw rose petals around it too.

Immediately, the security agents arrested him and expelled him from the room. Likewise, the museum staff came to clean the painting before the astonished gaze of the visitors who recorded the moment.

‘La Gioconda’, painted by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503 and 1519, was not damaged, as it is protected by armored safety glass.

The identity of the man and his motives are unknown. However, some assume that the act was not intended to damage the painting, but rather to make the population aware of the importance of caring for the planet. In one of the videos posted on Twitter, the young man can be heard saying, in French: “Think of the Earth, there are people who are destroying the planet. All artists, think of the Earth, that’s why I did this, think.” .” of the planet”.

This is not the first attack that the work has suffered, in 1911 the iconic painting was stolen and in 1956 a man threw a stone at it, which destroyed the showcase and released a piece of pigment. Meanwhile, in 1974, at an exhibition in a Tokyo museum, a visitor sprayed her with red spray paint. The latest incident occurred in 2009, when a woman threw a porcelain cup at the painting.

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