PARIS (AP) — A man dressed in what appeared to be an old woman in a wheelchair threw a piece of cake at the glass protecting the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum and shouted at people to think of planet Earth.
Videos posted on social media appear to show a young man in a wig and lipstick arriving in a wheelchair. The man, whose identity was unknown, was also seen throwing roses in the museum gallery on Sunday.
The pie attack left a conspicuous white creamy smudge on the glass, but Leonardo da Vinci’s famous work was not damaged.
Security forces were filmed escorting the wig-wearing activist away as he shouted at the surprised visitors in the gallery: “Think of Earth. There are people who destroy the earth. Think about it. Artists tell you: think of the earth. That’s why I did it.”
The guards were then filmed cleaning the smeared cream from the jar. Louvre officials were not immediately available for comment.
The 16th-century Renaissance masterpiece has been targeted before.
The painting was stolen by a museum employee in 1911, an event that increased the painting’s international fame.
It was also damaged in an acid attack by a vandal in the 1950s and has been kept behind glass ever since.
In 2009, a Russian woman, angry at not being able to get French citizenship, threw a ceramic mug at it, smashing the mug but damaging neither the glass nor the painting.
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