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A man throws a piece of cake at the ‘Mona Lisa’ in the Louvre

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‘La Gioconda’, painted by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503 and 1519, was not damaged, as it is protected by a glass of armored security.

A visitor to the Louvre Museum in Paris threw a piece of cake at the famous painting of the ‘Mona Lisa’, one of the most important works in the gallery.

Videos shared on social networks by visitors who witnessed the attack show museum staff cleaning the stain left by the cake on the glass that covers the painting.

According to witness accounts, the man, disguised with a wig, and who moved in a wheelchair , took advantage of the preferential step to get as close as possible to the oil. He then got up and threw the cake, then also threw rose petals around it.

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Immediately, the security agents arrested him and expelled him from the room. Likewise, the museum staff came to clean the painting before the astonished gaze of the visitors who recorded the moment.

‘La Gioconda’, painted by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503 and 1519 , was not damaged, as it is protected by armored security glass.

The identity of the man and his motives are unknown. However, some assume that the act was not intended to damage the painting, but rather to raise public awareness of the importance of caring for the planet. In one of the videos posted on Twitter, the young man can be heard saying, in French: “Think of the Earth, there are people who are destroying the planet. All artists, think on Earth, that’s why I did this, think about the planet”.

This is not the first attack he suffers the work, in 1911 the iconic painting was stolen and in 1956 a man threw a stone at the painting, which destroyed the display case and released a piece of pigment. While, in 1974, at an exhibition in a Tokyo museum, a visitor sprayed it with red spray paint. The last incident occurred in 2009, when a woman threw a porcelain cup at the painting.

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