The most well-known smile on earth was briefly obscured on Sunday when a man spread cream cake on top of the Mona Lisa, in what appears to be an act of environmental protest. But what’s the reason behind this Mona Lisa Cake Attack?
The 16th-century masterpiece created by Leonardo da Vinci was untouched but it is protected by bulletproof glass inside the Louvre museum in Paris.
Social media was quickly flooded with the posting of videos by tourists who were at the gallery at the time.
People who visited the museum reported that a man posed as an elderly woman wearing a wheelchair get access to the area directly in front of the painting that is reserved for the handicapped. Then, he stood and spread the cake with cream over the glass case which protects this Renaissance painting. Visitors take pictures and video of the painting “Mona Lisa” after the cake was smeared on the protective glass at the Louvre Museum in Paris, on May 29, 2022, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video.
Security guards attacked the man sporting makeup and a wig and threw red roses at their feet.
While they drove the man away, he addressed the crowd to the crowd in French: “Think about the Earth. There are people who are destroying the Earth. Think about it … all artists, think about the Earth — this is why I did this. Think about the planet.”
The Louvre issued a statement on Monday that said the painting hadn’t been damaged. The museum claimed that the person was hiding the cake in his possessions.
The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed that the man, who was 36 years old, was taken into custody following the incident of Sunday and was taken to a police psychiatrist for examination. An investigation is underway for damage to cultural artifacts.
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The cake attack left a conspicuous white creamy smear on the glass but the famous work by Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t damaged.
Did the real Mona Lisa get caked?
The Mona Lisa was the subject of attempted vandalism on Sunday when a visitor to the world-famous Louvre museum in Paris smeared frosting all over the Renaissance-era painting’s protective glass.