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36-year-old man arrested after Mona Lisa smeared with cake

36-year-old man arrested after Mona Lisa smeared with cake
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The Mona Lisa, otherwise described on Wikipedia as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world", was a recent victim to a vandalism stunt.

A viral video shows a young man dressed as a elderly woman in a wheelchair getting up and attacking Leonardo DaVinci’s iconic 1797 piece with a piece of cake at the Louvre museum in Paris, France.

Having tried to break the bulletproof glass protecting the artwork, the young man decided to simply smear the piece of cake across the glass casing and throw rose petals before security was able to get to him.

As he was being escorted out of the museum, viral videos captured the man shouting his intention behind the outrageous act: “Think of the Earth. There are people who are destroying the Earth,” he shouted. “Think about it. Artists tell you: think of the Earth. That’s why I did this.”

While his identity is still unknown at the time of writing this article, the man was reported to be arrested and sent to psychiatric care.

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