After Van Gogh and Monet. An environmental activist glues his head to “The Lady with a Pearl Earring”.

After Van Gogh and Monet. An environmental activist glues his head to “The Lady with a Pearl Earring”.

Environmental activists caught with robust glue on The Lady with a Pearl Earring, a well-known portray by Johannes Vermeer in a Dutch museum on Thursday, within the wake of different acts of vandalism. Nonetheless, they didn’t harm the work.

Three individuals of Belgian nationality, aged 45, 45 and 42, have been arrested on the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague after the incident on the 1665 work, which was the topic of a bestselling novel and a movie Hollywood, police stated.

In a video of the incident posted on Twitter, we see two males wearing t-shirts bearing the picture of the “Simply Cease Oil” collective. One sticks his hand on the wall subsequent to the portray. The opposite sticks his head on the glass plate defending the canvas and a 3rd activist empties his neck and throws what seems to be tomato sauce on the board.


This motion comes on the heels of different acts of vandalism in latest weeks. Environmental activists threw tomato soup on the glass plate defending Van Gogh’s Sunflowers on the Nationwide Gallery in London and others smeared mashed potatoes on the glass defending Meules, a portray by Claude Monet, in Germany.

“Artwork can not defend itself and making an attempt to break it for any trigger is one thing we strongly condemn,” the Mauritshuis stated in a press release.

“One individual caught their head in opposition to the portray, which was protected by glass, and the opposite individual caught their hand in opposition to the wall the place the portray hangs. A 3rd individual threw an unknown substance on the portray,” the museum stated.

“Our specialists instantly inspected the portray. Fortuitously, it was not broken,” the museum stated, including that it might be placed on show once more “as quickly as attainable.”

“Lovely and treasured”

The incident occurred round 2:00 p.m. and the police shortly intervened. Police in The Hague stated on Twitter that that they had arrested three individuals at a museum for “public violence in opposition to property”.

The museum was open to the general public on Thursday afternoon, however not the room the place The Lady with a Pearl Earring sits. Dumbfounded and disenchanted guests have been pressured to maneuver on, turned away by safety guards posted in entrance of the doorway blocked by a big copy of the portray, famous an AFP journalist.

One of many three males, seen in a video on Twitter, shouted “How are you feeling?” sticking his hand to the wall.

“How do you are feeling while you see one thing stunning and treasured being presumably destroyed proper earlier than your eyes?” he stated. “This portray is protected by glass however the way forward for our kids just isn’t protected,” he stated.

Guests shouted at him “Disgrace!”, “Indecent!” and “You’re silly!”


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