Mona Lisa: Paris Louvre-Painting soup on French public radio

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Soup was thrown at the Mona Lisa by environmentalists on Sunday.


They threw soup at the protestors Mona Lisa painting in Paris on Sunday, but was protected from damage by its glass casing.

Environmental group Riposte Alimentaire – which roughly translates to “food response” – said two protesters involved in their campaign were behind the vandalism.

The Louvre has reopened the “Salle des Etats” room after evicting the Mona Lisa.

“Two activists from the environmental movement 'Riposte Alimentaire' sprayed pumpkin soup on the protective glass that protects the Mona Lisa this Sunday, January 28, 2024, at 10 a.m. (4aET),” the museum's statement said.

“The Louvre's security staff immediately intervened.”

The museum said it had filed a complaint.

Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, Mona Lisa, hangs in the Louvre Museum and is the most famous painting in the world, drawing millions of visitors each year to pose with the tiny artwork, more than 2.5 feet tall and less than 2 feet tall. Broad.

The intriguing portrait is nothing new to both vandalism and theft.

It was stolen by a Louvre employee in 1911, raising its international profile, and the underside of the canvas suffered an acid attack in the 1950s, leading the museum to increase security measures around the work, including bulletproof glass.

In 2009, a woman angrily threw a ceramic cup at the painting, breaking the cup but leaving the painting unharmed.

Then in 2022, a visitor smeared frost all over the protective glass of the Renaissance painting.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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With earlier reporting by Jacqui Palumbo

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