Subject pretended to have a disability to approach the display case; the painting has already been attacked on other occasions
The Louvre Museum filed a lawsuit against the man who last Sunday threw a cake against the glass that protects La Gioconda, by Leonardo Da Vinci. The individual was disguised in a wheelchair and with a woman’s wig when he performed this act that has shocked the art world.
Sources from the Louvre told EFE that the museum has already filed a complaint against a visitor who pretended to have a disability to approach the security window in which the famous painting, also known as the Mona Lisa, is one of the main works that protects the Parisian museum.
“The Louvre applied the usual procedure provided for people with reduced mobility, allowing them to admire this major work of the Louvre,” said the institution, which recently renovated the room in which the canvas is displayed to accommodate the large concentrations of visitors in rows. pile up in front of the picture.
According to the museum, once the individual was near the painting, he threw a cake that he had hidden among his personal belongings, but it did not cause damage to La Gioconda, which is protected by bulletproof glass.
“The individual was immediately seized and evacuated by security agents and then handed over to the police, who went to the premises,” they add.
In several videos posted by visitors on social media, an individual in a wheelchair, wearing a wig and cap, is seen being led out of the room by security personnel while shouting: “Think of the Earth. There are people who are destroying the planet. That is why I have done this.”