He threw a cake at the armored glass that protects the Mona Lisa, then an exalted young man who praised the “salvation of the planet” was expelled from the Louvre. The episode took place today in the Parisian museum of the Louvre, which houses the most famous painting in the world, in front of which dozens and dozens of visitors are permanently stationed.
The episode was obviously not filmed, but the photos of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting swarm on social networks with the glass that protects it smeared with white, probably cream or cream, and of a Louvre employee who cleans it. In a video posted we see the smuggler, a young man who is turned away by the museum attendants and who continues to shout his reasons as he goes away. He has a wig on his head, just out of place, and he pushes by himself a wheelchair in which he was most likely sitting at the moment of taking the action.
Probably the simulated condition of disability allowed him to approach undisturbed with the package containing the cake that he intended to throw at the portrait of Mona Lisa.
It is not the first uncontrolled gesture against the Mona Lisa in recent years. In August 2011, a Russian woman threw a teacup at the famous painting, and even then the mug did no harm, she shattered against the protective glass. The woman was in a state of alteration, it was later learned that she wanted to slash a symbol in protest against the failure to obtain French nationality.
No damage even in 1956, when a madman entered the Louvre and threw acid at the painting. The outcome of the attack by a “stone thrower” as it was defined at the time – and immortalized by a cover of the ‘Domenica del Corriere’ – which hit the famous painting with a stone, broke the glass and damaged a corner of the painting, was different. with the oil paint peeling off. It took a few weeks of “treatment” to bring the situation as close as possible to the original. The author of the gesture turned out to be a Bolivian, in an apparent confusional state.