Mona Lisa Defiled: Louvre’s $1bn Masterpiece Targeted in Soup-Stunt by Eco-Activists

During a recent incident at the prestigious Louvre Museum in Paris, two individuals, who identified themselves as climate activists, caused quite a stir by pouring orange liquid onto a priceless artwork. To add to the peculiar scene, they then proceeded to throw lentil soup at the masterpiece.

A video capturing the aftermath depicts the duo standing proudly on either side of their defaced handiwork after leaping over a wooden barrier. 

Seemingly unfazed, they took the opportunity to deliver a preachy message to bewildered tourists attempting to enjoy the gallery.

Security swiftly responded by erecting screens to shield the disrupted artwork, the iconic Mona Lisa, now smeared with soup. Parisian authorities later confirmed the arrest of two individuals connected to the disruptive act.

Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, believed to be the most valuable painting globally, is estimated to be worth up to $1 billion.

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Mona Lisa Unscathed After Eco-Activists’ Stunt

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During a recent incident at the prestigious Louvre Museum in Paris, two individuals, who identified themselves as climate activists, caused quite a stir by pouring orange liquid onto a priceless artwork.

Fortunately, the 500-year-old piece of history appears to have escaped damage in this latest episode, owing to the protective glass installed in the late 1950s, including a bulletproof sheet.

The eco-activists, affiliated with a group named “Food Response,” claimed their disruptive act was in support of “the right to healthy food.” They passionately ranted about farms and food-related issues, leaving onlookers baffled.

This is not the first time the Mona Lisa has faced such bizarre disruptions. In May 2022, a custard pie was thrown at the painting. 

The celebrated Da Vinci portrait, painted in 1503, draws over 10 million viewers annually, making it one of the most famous artworks globally.

Despite being targeted multiple times throughout history, the Mona Lisa has remained resilient. It was famously stolen by a museum employee in 1911 but recovered two years later. In 1956, acid was splashed on it, and in 2009, a cup of tea was thrown against the painting.

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