Paris. Mona Lisa attack at the Louvre

The Mona Lisa, an oil painting on a poplar wood panel, has become a victim of vandalism. A man dressed as a woman in a wheelchair rushed toward the famous photo… with a piece of cake. This is the first attack on one of the world’s most famous artworks since 2009.

Attack the Mona Lisa with a cake

The smiling character who has been silent for more than 500 years still evokes intense emotions. One thing is for sure: On Sunday afternoon, May 29, the staff of the Louvre Museum in Paris were certainly not amused.

As usual, a crowd of tourists gathered in front of the plate, which was placed behind the armored glass. Among them was a woman in a wheelchair. To the astonishment of the assembled people, the woman at one time got up from the trolley and walked over to the plate, spreading a piece of cake on the glass.

Museum employees immediately responded: the perpetrator was arrested – because he was an activist disguised as a woman – and the glass was washed. A saboteur led by the services shouted, “Think of the Earth! We’re destroying the Earth! Artists should think of the Earth! That’s why I did it.” Unfortunately, the Mona Lisa’s alleged relationship to the environment has remained unknown.

Attacks on the Mona Lisa

This is not the first time that the Mona Lisa has been attacked. In 1956, the painting was dyed with acid, resulting in some distortions. A few months later in 1974, during an exhibition in Tokyo, a woman in a wheelchair sprayed paint on it, expressing her dissatisfaction with the lack of special ramps. In 2009, a tourist from Russia threw a cup at the photo.

However, one of the most sensational crimes is the theft of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, which occurred at the beginning of the twentieth century. On Wednesday August 23, 1911, news spread from Paris that the famous painting had disappeared from the Louvre. Stone searches unsuccessfully for a work of art. Conspiracy theories grew and the museum closed for a week. An initial investigation revealed that the painting had been stolen when a guard went out for a cigarette. However, the new address of the smiling Italian woman remained a secret. Meanwhile, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, suspected of the theft of the century, was arrested, Pablo Picasso was interrogated, and Jerry Perret, who had seized several exhibits from the Paris Museum, claimed that he owned a “Gioconda” and demanded a ransom for it. .

The truth turned out to be a bit more real. In 1913, Vincenzo Perugia contacted the Italian art dealer Alfred Gehry, hiding under the pseudonym Leonardo. He asked for half a million lira for a Leonardo da Vinci painting. By agreement with the Florentine Uffizi Gallery, it was agreed to purchase the painting after previously checking whether it was a fake. Her authenticity was confirmed, and the man was arrested and put on the front pages of newspapers, as he claimed his motive was to return a famous painting to Italy.

During the trial, it turned out that the love for Italian art was not the only motive for the perpetrator. At first, he wanted to say to steal a painting called Andrea Mantegna “Mars and Venus”, which was, however, too big to be taken out of the museum where Perugia worked as a tamper. The man was sentenced to one year and fifteen days in prison. He was released from behind bars after 7 months in connection with the outbreak of the First World War. Olga Poznaiska commented on the famous robbery case. The Polish painter, who was active in Paris at that time, was not a fan of Da Vinci’s master talent, having found the “Mona Lisa” she wrote: “Maybe they did not look for her.” This is the essence of the “Gioconda” phenomenon – it evokes emotions. This is the most important thing in art.

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