Climate activists target famous paintings, including Mona Lisa and Sunflowers.

In the latest incident of priceless artworks being targeted by environmental activists, a glass-covered Mona Lisa was doused in pumpkin soup. This comes as part of a string of similar cases that have made headlines in the past two years. Here are some of the notable incidents:

– In October 2022, two activists from the Just Stop Oil group emptied cans of tomato soup over the glass protecting Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” in London’s National Gallery. They were arrested and charged with damaging the frame. Another Van Gogh painting, “The Sower,” was also targeted a month later in Rome by activists from the Last Generation group, who splashed pea soup on it.

– In October 2022, protesters from the German branch of Last Generation flung mash at Claude Monet’s “Les Meules” (The Haystacks) in a museum in Potsdam. In June 2023, activists in Stockholm smeared red paint and glued their hands to the glass covering another Monet work, “The Artist’s Garden at Giverny.”

– In October 2022, a man in The Hague glued his head to the glass protecting Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” in the Mauritshuis museum, while another activist poured tomato soup on it.

– In November 2022, two Extinction Rebellion activists glued their hands to the frames of two paintings by Francisco Goya in the Prado museum in Madrid.

– In April 2023, climate activists attacked a famous Degas wax sculpture, “La petite danseuse de quatorze ans” (Little Dancer, 14 years old), in a Washington museum, smearing its Plexiglas enclosure with red and black paint.

– In November 2023, Just Stop Oil protesters smashed the glass cover of a Diego Velazquez painting, “The Rokeby Venus,” at the National Gallery in London with hammers, inspired by the actions of a suffragette in the early 20th century.

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