Man arrested after throwing cake at Mona Lisa : NPR

Man arrested after throwing cake at Mona Lisa : NPR


The Mona Lisa last year in Paris.

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The Mona Lisa last year in Paris.

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A man who appears to have been disguised as an old woman in a wheelchair has thrown a piece of cake at the Mona Lisa in Paris.

Video posted on social media shows security guards from the Louvre museum escorting the man on Sunday as he spoke in French about the planet.

“Think about the Earth! There are people destroying the Earth! Think about it. Artists tell you: think about the Earth. That’s why I did this,” he says, according to The Associated Press. .

Another video showed someone clean the cake glass protecting the Mona Lisa, as onlookers brandished their phones to film the aftermath of the incident.

The 36-year-old man was arrested and sent to a psychiatric unit, according to the AP.

The original Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503 and 1519. The oil painting hangs in the largest room in the Louvre, according to the museum’s website.

This isn’t the first time the iconic paint job has run into trouble. The protective glass was put in place after being damaged in an acid attack in the 1950s.

In 1911, the Mona Lisa disappeared from the museum. For more than two years there was no indication of its whereabouts, until someone tried to sell the painting to an Italian art dealer, who informed the authorities. .

“Thus, the Mona Lisa was recovered – and her fame was all the greater,” says the Louvre on its website.

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