Friday, 28 June 2013

Hay Wain Attacked

John Constable's famous masterpiece The Hay Wain (1821) was attacked in The National Gallery in London today. A man thought to be a Fathers4Justice protester glued a photo of a young boy to the painting. Staff quickly intervened and the man was arrested by police. The painting was briefly removed from display, so conservation staff could examine it. No damage was done and the painting is now back on display (CLICK). The denial of a child's right of access to Father causes deep psychological harm, but attacking works of art is no way to get this point across. CLICK for a larger graphic of The Hay Wain.


At 28/6/13, Blogger A. Sim said...

The painting is gorgeous and my favourite work of art. The man who may be desperate may have alienated Fathers 4 Justice and may have stopped his message from getting across. His message is very important and it's about time the government and Opposition accepted that Fathers are just as important for a child's well being. I am very glad that the painting is ok.

At 29/6/13, Blogger Ian Cox said...

Have you visited The National Gallery to view this painting "in the flesh"? It's a must. It doesn't reproduce well.

At 30/6/13, Blogger A. Sim said...

It still looks great on your blog. No I haven't seen it. Thank you for advising me.


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