Climate activists targeted Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece “Girl with a Pearl Earring” on Thursday with glue and liquid, but one of the world’s most iconic paintings was not damaged in the latest of these seeking stunts. of advertising.
A video posted on Twitter showed a man pouring a can of red substance on another protester who appeared to be trying to glue his head to the glass-protected painting. The second man put his hand on the panel that held the centuries-old painting.
“The condition of the painting was studied by our conservators. Fortunately, the enameled masterpiece was not damaged,” the museum said.
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One of the men, wearing a “Just Stop Oil” T-shirt, 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 you see the planet being destroyed before our eyes. “
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He went on to say that the painting is protected by glass as a visitor to the museum yells, “Shame on you!” Other visitors also showed their disapproval.
Police in The Hague said they arrested three people for “public violence against property”.
“The art is defenseless and the Mauritshuis firmly rejects attempts to damage it for any purpose,” the museum said.
UK climate activists glue their hands to Vincent Van Gogh’s painting at the Museum of London
The museum said the “Girl with a Pearl Earring” would return for viewing “as soon as possible”.
This is the latest masterpiece at the center of the climate protests.
In September, members of a German environmental group threw mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet painting.
“If it takes a hit painting to remind society that the Fossil Course is killing us all, then we give you Kartoffel Jews on a painting!” activists of Letzte Generation (Last Generation) said on Twitter with the video of the vandalism.
In London, other protesters threw soup on Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery.
In both cases, the paintings were not damaged.
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