Mona Lisa safe in climate protest stunt, but creamed

© Reuters. A man tries to wipe off a cake smeared on the protective glass of the “Mona Lisa” painting at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, in a screenshot obtained from a social media video on May 29, 2022. Twitter/@klevisl007/via Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) – In an apparent climate-related publicity stunt, a visitor to the Louvre Museum tried to smash the glass protecting the world’s most famous painting before smearing cream on its surface on Sunday.

The perpetrator, a man disguised as an elderly woman, jumped from his wheelchair and attacked the glass.

“Maybe it’s just crazy to me…” The author of the aftermath video of the incident posted a video showing Louvre staff cleaning the glass. “(He) then proceeded to spread the cake on the glass and toss roses all over the place before being addressed by security.”

The Louvre had no immediate comment.

Another video posted on social media shows the same staff member finishing the glass windows while another attendant removes a wheelchair from the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece.

“Think about the planet, humans are destroying it,” the wig-wearing man said in French in another video showing him being wheeled out of a Paris gallery, suggesting the incident may have been motivated by environmentalists.


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