The arrest of a young man who attacked the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum, in the latest episodes of the historical series of attacks on the Mona Lisa.
A young man, apparently in his twenties, disguised himself in the clothes and wigs of an old woman sitting in a wheelchair, and entered the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday, trying to destroy the world-famous painting “Mona Lisa” painted by Leonardo da Vinci more than 500 years ago.
And knowing that the attack directly on the Italian known as La Gioconda is also very difficult, to display it behind a sheet of bulletproof glass, reinforced with a heavy electronic security, he got up from the chair and only distorted its glass panel with a piece of candy that covered most of the bottom, then he scattered the flowers of a bouquet that was with him. , amid the concern and astonishment of visitors.
The security forces quickly arrived at the scene of the incident, and during his arrest, the young man was shouting in French, “There are people trying to destroy the planet…Think of the Earth.Just think.” Revealing in his words his purpose of what he did, which is to draw global attention to the thousands of environmental attacks that the earth is exposed to daily from its indifferent inhabitants.
The History Of The Attacks On The Mona Lisa
Yesterday’s attack on the painting is certainly not the first. Before that, a person in the fifties of the last century threw “sulfuric acid” on it, affecting only its edges. A Bolivian also threw a stone at her, while a woman sprayed her with red paint during her show in 1974 in Tokyo, but the paint did not reach her.
As for the most famous assault in its history, when the late Italian Vincenzo Peruggia in 1925, at the age of 44, managed to steal it on August 21, 1911, from where he was working at the Louvre himself, and hid it with him for 3 years, they arrested him afterwards and sentenced him to only 12 months in prison.
The reason for this was that he handed over the painting to the French authorities when they threatened to cut ties with Italy, and the now-archived news estimated its price at that time at $100 million.