Protesters Vandalize da Vinci’s Mona Lisa by Throwing Soup

A historic painting, the Mona Lisa, at the Louvre in central Paris, was the target of a protest when two women threw soup on it. The protestors, calling for the right to “healthy and sustainable food,” wore t-shirts that read “food counterattack.” The act was quickly stopped by museum security and the room was evacuated. The protesters were part of a group called Riposte Alimentaire, who claimed responsibility for the stunt.

The painting, created by Leonardo da Vinci in the 16th century, is one of the most famous works of art in the world. It is displayed behind bulletproof glass and is unlikely to have been damaged by the soup throwing. The Mona Lisa has been the target of vandalism in the past, including an incident in the early 1950s when a visitor poured acid on it, leading to the installation of safety glass. The painting was also famously stolen from the Louvre in 1911 and recovered two years later.

France’s Minister for Culture, Rachida Dati, condemned the protest, stating that “no cause” can justify the Mona Lisa being targeted. Meanwhile, Paris has seen protests by farmers in recent days, calling for an end to rising fuel costs and for regulations to be simplified.

The protest at the Louvre comes amid a backdrop of social and political unrest, highlighting the tension between preservation of cultural heritage and the demands for social and economic change. The incident has ignited a conversation about the intersection of art, activism, and the preservation of cultural artifacts.

It is a reminder of the enduring significance of the Mona Lisa and its ability to elicit strong reactions and emotions, both positive and negative, from people around the world.

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