, author: Ermakova M.

Environmental activists poured soup on the Mona Lisa at the Louvre

Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece was attacked by vandals this morning.

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Famous painting from the 16th century. “Mona Lisa” by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci has become a new victim of environmental activists. Today at 10 a.m. Paris time at the Louvre, two environmental activists threw cans of tomato soup into the glass protecting the canvas from unforeseen circumstances.

After this, the women overcame the barrier on the way to the canvas and began to pose next to the doused masterpiece while their accomplice in the hall took photographs. At the same time, one of the activists, taking off her jacket, showed a white T-shirt on which the name of the environmental organization behind the organization of the act of vandalism was written in large black letters.

Immediately after the attack, the hall where La Gioconda is shown was closed for more than an hour for cleaning. It turned out that the protesters, with their speech, defended the right to “clean and healthy food,” news agencies report. “Mona Lisa” is considered one of the most expensive paintings in the world and was even included in the Guinness Book of Records as the painting with the most insurance. In 1962, it was insured for $100 million, which at today's exchange rate is close to $1 billion.