This past Sunday, a man disguised as an old woman has reportedly smeared a smuggled cake onto the glass that protects Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, that is on display at the Louvre.
As stated in local reports, a man wore a wig and tried to hide as an elderly woman in a wheelchair before going into the Louvre art museum in Paris, France. Once he had made it through the museum and was near the priceless work of art, he reportedly threw a smuggled-in cake at the art piece and then tried to smash the bulletproof glass that cover it to prevent attacks such as that.
The protective glass of the Mona Lisa painting at The Louvre was caked today by a man dressed up as an elderly woman in a wheelchair. pic.twitter.com/g8uaQZ1wPp
— Pop Base (@PopBase) May 29, 2022
Video captured of the incident made its way to Twitter, accompanied by the comment, “Maybe this is just nuts to me but an [sic] man dressed as an old lady jumps out of a wheel chair and attempted to smash the bullet proof glass of the Mona Lisa. Then proceeds to smear cake on the glass, and throws roses everywhere before being tackled by security.”
Maybe this is just nuts to me💀but an man dressed as an old lady jumps out of a wheel chair and attempted to smash the bullet proof glass of the Mona Lisa. Then proceeds to smear cake on the glass, and throws roses everywhere all before being tackled by security. 😂??? pic.twitter.com/OFXdx9eWcM
— Lukeee🧃 (@lukeXC2002) May 29, 2022
In another posted video another comment was added, saying, “Here is the moment when they take away the person who threw a cake at Mona Lisa.”
Aquí el momento en que se llevan a quien le aventó un pastel a la Monalisa.pic.twitter.com/HBayMOdcKV
— Alejandro Alemán (@elsalonrojo) May 29, 2022
Reportedly, the alleged perpetrator smeared cake all over the glass in an attempt to bring more awareness about the destruction of planet Earth claimed someone who was present at the event.
“A guy has thrown a cake at the Mona Lisa to raise awareness about the destruction of the planet,” stated another person via tweet attempting to explain the situation.
The painting was stolen back in 1911 by Vincenzo Peruggia, who was an Italian handyman. He was not caught for his theft until almost two years later, and some art experts seem to think that the theft was what actually made the painting reach the levels of fame it currently possesses.
“If a different one of Leonardo’s works had been stolen, then that would have been the most famous work in the world – not the Mona Lisa,” stated one art history professor and author, Noah Charney.
“There was nothing that really distinguished it per se, other than it was a very good work by a very famous artist – that’s until it was stolen. The theft is what really skyrocketed its appeal and made it a household name,” he claimed.
The painting has been the target of quite a few vandalistic attempts over the years, read a report from Marca.com.
“A man threw sulfuric acid at it in the 1950s, which had an effect on the painting, and a Bolivian student hit it with a stone. A woman in a wheelchair sprayed red paint on her wheelchair while she was at an exhibition in Tokyo in 1974, expressing her dissatisfaction with the lack of access ramps,” read the news source.