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Why was the Mona Lisa attacked?
The most recent attack on the world’s most famous painting came in 2009 when an unnamed Russian visitor threw a ceramic mug at the “Mona Lisa.” The culprit was reportedly upset over being refused French citizenship (via The Guardian).
Why do people steal the Mona Lisa?
Peruggia said he did it for a patriotic reason: he wanted to bring the painting back for display in Italy “after it was stolen by Napoleon” (when Peruggia worked at the Louvre, he learned of how Napoleon plundered many Italian works of art during the Napoleonic Wars).
Has the Mona Lisa been attacked?
Leonardo Da Vinci, The Mona Lisa (vandalized 1956, 1974, 2009) Painted in 1503, this piece by Leonardo has been attacked four times, including twice in the same year. In 1956 the lower half of the painting was attacked with acid while later that year it was chipped by a rock thrown at it.
What have people thrown at the Mona Lisa?
PARIS (Reuters) – A Russian woman frustrated at failing to obtain French nationality hurled a ceramic cup at the Mona Lisa but did not damage Leonardo da Vinci’s famed portrait, a spokesman for the Louvre Museum said on Tuesday. The attack happened on August 2 and the unnamed assailant was immediately arrested.
Did someone try to destroy the Mona Lisa?
In 1956, the lower part of the painting was severely damaged when a vandal doused the painting with acid while it was on display at a museum in Montauban, France. In both cases, the painting was undamaged. The use of bulletproof glass has shielded the Mona Lisa from more recent attacks.
Was the Mona Lisa a self portrait?
The Mona Lisa is a disguised self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, a new book claims. American scholar Lillian Schwartz says in the book, Leonardo’s Hidden Face, that computer studies of Leonardo’s self-portrait “superimpose perfectly” with that of his most famous subject.
Is defacing art illegal?
Works of art that are covered by VARA may not be destroyed, mutilated, distorted, or modified in a way that would undermine the reputation of the artist. Even a person who purchases this type of work for their collection does not have a right to destroy or modify it without the consent of the artist.