A Frenchman throws a cake at Mona Lisa “for the planet”

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A visitor to the Louvre art gallery in Paris threw a cake at the Mona Lisa, in a stunt he described as “for the planet”.

Posted: May 30, 2022 10:02 AM CEST

The Mona Lisa is kept at the Louvre art gallery in Paris. Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP

Videos taken by visitors to the famous gallery show the aftermath of the stunt, during which a young man allegedly got up from a wheelchair and smeared cake and cream on the glass protecting Leonardo da Vinci’s painting , before throwing roses.

Led by security guards, the man can be heard shouting, “Think Earth. There are people who are destroying the Earth. . . That’s why I did this. Think about the planet.

The painting is protected by a glass screen, so it was not damaged. Later videos show security guards with Louvre cleansing cream on the security screen.

The incident reportedly took place on Sunday afternoon.

At 1:30 p.m., a Twitter user wrote, “I just saw a man throwing a slice of cake at the Mona Lisa.”

Hours later, he posted a video showing the aftermath, adding: “It seems unreal to me, but a man dressed as an old lady got up from a wheelchair and tried to break the protective glass of the Mona Lisa. He then smeared cake on the glass and threw roses around before being subdued by security.

Several other Twitter users also posted video of the aftermath of the incident.

About 9 million visitors a year come to the Louvre – the most visited museum in the world – and for many the Mona Lisa is the highlight of their visit.

It is housed in a separate wing of the gallery, protected behind a glass roof, and has been the victim of several attempts to damage it – in August 2009, a tourist threw a cup against the protective glass; in 1974, while the painting was in Tokyo, an attempt was made to damage the oil with a red spray; in 1957, a Bolivian threw a stone at the painting, slightly damaging it.

It has been exhibited in the Louvre since 1797 and is the property of the French state. He has been in France since 1519, when his painter Leonardo da Vinci died in Amboise while working for the King of France.

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