Protesters attacked Leonardo Da Vinci’s infamous Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre Museum in Paris on Saturday, hurling soup at the impenetrable glass encasing the 16th-century artwork. The perpetrators, both women wearing T-shirts with the message “food counterattack,” asserted demands for “healthy and sustainable food,” deeming the nation’s agricultural system “sick.” Museum security stepped in, setting up black screens to obscure the protesters before the area was evacuated.
The group, known in French as Riposte Alimentaire, is demanding that the state give citizens a monthly food card worth €150 ($165).
The Mona Lisa has been protected by robust glass since the early 1950s after an acid attack by a visitor. It was attacked with cake in 2022.
The revered artwork has weathered various ordeals, including an infamous theft in 1911 by a Louvre employee, Vincenzo Peruggia. Secreting himself in a museum cupboard overnight, Peruggia absconded with the piece, sparking an international attention. The purloined painting resurfaced two years later when Peruggia attempted to sell it to an antiques dealer in Florence, Italy.