Mona Lisa Defaced

The Mona Lisas protective glass enclosure in the Louvre in ParisFrance, is vandalized by an environmentalist protesting against climate change. The vandal was arrested at the scene.

In a bizarre act of seeking attention to climate change issues, a man dressed as an elderly woman smeared cake on the protective glass of the Mona Lisa.

He was in a wheelchair that our JVC correspondent suggests was probably not intended to be used as a getaway vehicle.

The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. Considered an archetypal masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance, it has been 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 Paris prosecutor’s office said Monday that the 36-year-old man was detained following Sunday’s incident and sent to a police psychiatric unit. An investigation has been opened into the damage of cultural artifacts.

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