Friday, 8 February 2013

Liberty Vandalised

One of the most symbolically important French paintings, Liberty Leading The People (1830) by Eugène Delacroix, a powerful glorification of the French Revolution, has been vandalised in the Lens museum in northern France. The famous Louvre Museum opened this branch in the city of Lens last December to bring culture to the inhabitants of a former coal-mining area (CLICK). A security guard spotted a 28-year-old woman using a black marker pen to scrawl "AE911" on the painting and apprehended her. She was then arrested. The French prosecutor has ordered a psychiatric examination of the woman. The Louvre thinks the tag can be easily removed, but has sent an art restoration expert to Lens to examine it (CLICK).


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