On Thursday, anti-oil environmentalists in the Netherlands tried to stick to Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece “Girl with a Pearl Earring” in the latest stunt involving iconic works of art.
A visitor to the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague posted a video on Twitter showing a man pouring a can of an unknown red substance onto another protester, who appeared to be attempting to glue his head to the glass-protected painting.
“The condition of the painting was studied by our conservators. Fortunately, the enameled masterpiece was not damaged,” the museum said.
One of the men, who was wearing a T-shirt that read “Just Stop Oil”, shouted, “How do you feel when you see something beautiful and priceless seemingly destroyed before your eyes? Do you feel indignant? Well. That’s the feeling when see the planet being destroyed before our eyes. “
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He went on to say that the painting is protected by glass when a visitor to the museum shouted, “Shame on you!” Other visitors also showed their disapproval.
Police in The Hague said they arrested three people for “public violence against property”.
The Dutch master’s 1665 work is just the latest priceless work of art that climate activists have targeted in publicity-seeking stunts.
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Earlier this month, climate protesters threw mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet painting in a German museum, and a similar protest took place in London, where protesters threw soup on Vincent van’s ‘Sunflowers’. Gogh in the National Gallery. In both cases, the paintings were not damaged.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.