The Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda, has seen all kinds of people at the Lourve in Paris over the years, but a recent situation that left her surface smeared with dessert may have turned her smirk up a little, or her eyes slightly wider with surprise.
On Sunday, a visitor to the Lourve, reportedly disguised as an old woman in a wheelchair, attempted to smash the glass that protects Leonardo DaVinci’s masterpiece, and smash-smeared cake or a creamy dessert on the glass.
Videos and photos of the incident began circulating on social media with many people questioning the man’s aims.
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According to Reuters, the man said “think of the earth, people are destroying the Earth” before being led away. Before security honed in, the perpetrator threw roses around the area muttering phrases about saving the planet.
As many people questioned on social media, the link between the world’s most famous painting and climate change remains unclear.
This isn’t the Mona Lisa’s first rodeo with strange endeavours. For over 500 years, the masterpiece has survived a lot – from sulfuric acid in the 50s to being hit with stone in the same decade, and in 2009 a ceramic teacup also found its way hurled up her glass enclosure, Hypebeast reminds.
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