Man in wig throws cake at glass protecting Mona Lisa

PARIS — On Sunday, a man who appeared to be disguised as an elderly woman in a wheelchair threw a piece of cake at the glass protecting the Mona Lisa at the Louvre museum, shouting that it reminded people of Earth.

Video posted on social media appeared to show a young man in a wheelchair wearing a wig and lipstick. The unidentified man was also seen throwing roses in the museum’s gallery.

The cake attack left a noticeable white cream smudge on the glass, but Leonardo da Vinci’s famous work was spared.

Security was filmed escorting the wig-wearing activist away while he shouted to surprised visitors in the gallery: “Think about the Earth. Some people are destroying the Earth. Think about it. The artist tells you: Think about the Earth. This That’s why I do it.”

The guards were then filmed clearing the smeared cream from the glass. Officials at the Louvre had no immediate comment.

Masterpieces of the 16th-century Renaissance have been spotted before.

The painting was stolen by a museum employee in 1911, an incident that increased the painting’s international profile.

It was also damaged in an acid attack by vandals in the 1950s and has been preserved behind glass ever since.

In 2009, a Russian woman furious that she was unable to obtain French citizenship threw a ceramic mug at her, smashing it but not damaging the glass or paintings.

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