Man Dressed As An Old Woman Defaces Mona Lisa

By Leonardo da Vinci -, Public Domain,

A purported planet activist disguised as an old lady in a wheelchair smeared cake on the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday. 

 The man, who wore lipstick and a wig, was allowed to get near the world famous Renaissance painting due to the wheelchair, which allowed him to gain close access. Instead of viewing Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, he smashed a piece of white cake on it while a crowd of museum patrons watched on in shock.

Thankfully, the painting was not harmed by the man’s attempted vandalism, as the artwork is protected by a thick layer of bulletproof glass as a result of an acid attack in 1956. The man reportedly attempted to smash the protective covering and strangely threw roses on the museum’s floor, before he was hauled away by security guards. 

“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, think about the planet” he shouted as he was forced to leave. 

  “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 Louvre said in a statement.

“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 museum continued. 

The man, who is unnamed, but confirmed to be 36-years-old, was sent to a police psychiatric unit, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office on Monday. The Louvre is pressing charges for “the attempt of damaging a cultural property.”

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