Mona Lisa is ATTACKED with custard pie by man disguised as elderly woman in wheelchair

Visitors to the Louvre art gallery in Paris were left stunned by the incident which happened moments before closing time at the world-famous art gallery on Sunday night

Mona Lisa is ATTACKED with custard pie by man disguised as elderly woman in a wheelchair screaming ‘think of the planet!’… before he’s dragged away by security

  • Visitors to the Louvre art gallery in Paris were stunned by the incident on Sunday
  • Man dressed as an old woman in a wheelchair threw a custard pie at the artwork
  • He then threw a bouquet of roses in the air before being tackled and hauled away
  • The man, who has not yet been identified, was an artist and climate activist
  • The Mona Lisa is protected year-round by a bulletproof glass screen

This is the moment a man was dragged away by security guards after throwing a custard pie at the Mona Lisa painting.

Visitors to the Louvre art gallery in Paris were left stunned by the incident which happened moments before closing time on Sunday night.

Witnesses said a man, who was wearing a wig and dressed as a woman, was rolling past Leonardo da Vinci’s famous masterpiece in a wheelchair before suddenly leaping to his feet and launching a foot at the canvas.

The perpetrator then threw a bouquet of roses into the air and was tackled to the ground by Louvre security guards moments later.

No damage was caused to the priceless painting which is protected by a bulletproof screen.

Scores of bystanders watched on, snapping pictures of the Mona Lisa which was partially obscured from view by smears of pie crusted on the protective glass.

Visitors to the Louvre art gallery in Paris were left stunned by the incident which happened moments before closing time at the world-famous art gallery on Sunday night

Visitors to the Louvre art gallery in Paris were left stunned by the incident which happened moments before closing time at the world-famous art gallery on Sunday night

Witnesses said a man, who was wearing a wig and dressed as a woman, was rolling past Leonardo da Vinci’s famous masterpiece in a wheelchair before suddenly leaping to his feet and launching a foot at the canvas (the man is pictured being led away by security )

The man, who wore a dark black wig and lipstick, turned out to be an artist and climate change activist who said he lost the prized painting in protest.

‘Think about the Earth. People are in the process of destroying the Earth!’ he declared as he was led away by security guards.

‘Artists think about the Earth, that’s why I did this. Think of the planet!’

Officials returned to the scene moments later to wipe away the smeared dessert from the glass as stunned gallery visitors watched on.

Today officials at the Louvre were not available to comment and it is not clear if the police were involved.

It is not the first time the Mona Lisa has been the subject of an attack.

In 2011 a Russian woman threw a cup of tea at the painting after being refused French citizenship and the protective glass was damaged.

In 1956, da Vinci’s painting survived another attack when a vandal doused it with acid while it was on display at a museum in Montauban.

The lower portion of the painting suffered considerable damage but was ultimately restored and has since been displayed behind a protective cover.

Mona Lisa, now thought to be 519 years old, watches on from behind a bulletproof screen year-round, and is removed from her casing just once a year for experts to check her condition.

Scores of bystanders watched on, snapping pictures of the Mona Lisa which was partially obscured from view by smears of pie crusted on the protective glass

The half-length portrait was painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503, though it is believed it may have taken more than a decade to complete.

The painting depicts Italian noblewoman Lisa Gherardini, the wife of the cloth-and-silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo.

It was acquired by King Francis I of France in 1518 and remains in the possession of the French Republic.

It has been on display at the Musée du Louvre since 1797, though it has at times been involved in other exhibitions for limited periods.

The painting grew in fame in 1911 after being stolen from the Louvre by a museum employee and later recovered.

The renaissance polymath’s world-renowned masterpiece is viewed by around 6 million people each year.

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