The Mona Lisa has been caked in an attempted vandalism stunt – CNN
A man in a wheelchair smeared frosting all over the Mona Lisa’s protective glass at the Louvre museum.
A visitor simulated a disability in order to view the Mona Lisa in a secure display case. He threw a pastry at the glass, but it did not damage the painting.
In French, a man is heard saying, “Think of planet Earth; people are destroying it,” while security escorts him.
Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, arguably the most famous painting globally, was stolen twice and attacked in the 1950s, leading to protective measures such as bulletproof glass. Luckily in this round, all that resulted was a mess. Someone quickly began cleaning away after the move.
The Mona Lisa is a portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, considered the best known, most visited, most written about, most sung about, and most parodied work of art in the world.
Leonardo painted a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, in 1503. It is now in the Louvre in Paris.
A scholar at Heidelberg University discovered a marginal note in a 1477 printing of a volume by ancient Roman philosopher Cicero that mentions Leonardo painting a portrait of a Florentine lady named Lisa del Giocondo.
The likely model for the painting, Lisa del Giocondo, was a wealthy Florentine silk merchant’s wife. The painting was commissioned to celebrate the birth of their second son, Andrea.
Scholars have proposed several alternative models for the painting of the Mona Lisa. Still, the catalog raisonné Leonardo da Vinci (2019) documents the opinion that the painting likely depicts Lisa del Giocondo.
The 1911 painting depicting Mona Lisa was displayed in the Louvre before the theft, which Béroud discovered and reported to the guards. The real culprit was Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia, who stole the painting by entering the building during regular hours, hiding in a broom closet, and walking out.
An Italian patriot stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre and sold copies of the painting in the US. A year later, a Saturday Evening Post journalist met an alleged accomplice who claimed to have masterminded the theft.
A Bolivian man threw a rock at the Mona Lisa, shattering the glass case and dislodging a speck of pigment near the left elbow. Afterward, the painting was attacked by a woman spraying it with red paint and a Russian woman throwing a teacup.
The Mona Lisa has survived for more than 500 years, and although it has undergone a variety of conservation treatments, its current condition is partly due to the care it has received throughout its history.
The picture is kept under strict climate-controlled conditions. Its temperature and humidity are maintained at 18 and 21 °C.
The Mona Lisa’s poplar support expands and contracts with changes in humidity, and a flexible oak frame was added in 1951 to keep the picture from warping further. The current decorative frame was added in 1909 by the Comtesse de Béhague.
Jean-Marie Hooghstoel cleaned and revarnished the Mona Lisa in 1809, Eugène Denizard cleaned and retouched the painting in 1906, and Jean-Gabriel Goulinat repaired the Mona Lisa’s left elbow in 1956.
In 1977, a new insect infestation was discovered in the back of the painting. It was treated with carbon tetrachloride.
The Mona Lisa was moved to a new location in the Louvre in 2005 and is now illuminated by an LED lamp. A new 20-watt LED light was installed in 2013, specially designed for the painting.
The Mona Lisa is the most famous painting of the Renaissance period.
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