The inimitable all time classic iconic Leonardo Da Vinci portrait, the ‘Mona Lisa’ which is on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris was attacked recently and that too with cake!
As per reports, recently a man disguised as an old woman in a wheelchair allegedly threw a cake at the portrait of ‘Mona Lisa’ at the Louvre. Luckily, the painting is protected with a glass framework encasing it, so there was no real damage to the artwork.
As reported in the Spanish newspaper Marca, witness testimonies state that the perpetrator of the cake attack was actually a man in a wheelchair who wore a big wig. Evidently, the man surprised everyone by suddenly standing up from the wheelchair and attempted to smash the bulletproof glass encasing the ‘Mona Lisa’ and then when he couldn’t, he started smearing cake all over the glass.
Right after, museum security staff rushed to the spot and pulled the man away from the painting, even as the onlookers continued to take pictures and videos to record the incident.
Onlookers recorded videos of the staff attempting to clean the cake smear off the glass.
Watch it here:
‘Mona Lisa’ is a half-length portrait painted by the Italian art maestro Leonardo Da Vinci. It is considered as a masterpiece of the Italian renaissance. ‘Mona Lisa’ is described as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.”
The painting has been kept in the largest room of the Louvre called the Salle es États. This room also houses other noted Venetian paintings like ‘The Wedding Feast at Cana’ by Veronese.
Over the years, the ‘Mona Lisa’ has been a target of theft and destruction quite a few times. In 1911, it was famously stolen from the museum by an employee, while in 1956 someone threw a rock at the painting. Likewise, there have been similar such incidents from time to time but none successful and Mona Lisa continues to hang in the Louvre’s largest room looking on at all those who visit her with her enigmatic expression and eyes that follow you no matter which way you turn.