UN­DER AT­TACK

History Revealed - - MONA LISA -

Not the paint­ing ev­ery­one has has suf­fered been a fan sev­eral of the at­tacks Mona dur­ing Lisa, and its life­time. In 1956, acid was thrown over the lower half of the paint­ing while it was on dis­play at a mu­seum in Mon­tauban in France and, later that year, some­one threw a rock at it, caus­ing the loss of a speck of pig­ment near the sit­ter’s left el­bow. In 1974, whilst on show at the Tokyo Na­tional Mu­seum, a dis­abled woman at­tempted to spray the paint­ing with red paint in protest against the venue’s lack of dis­abled ac­cess. More re­cently, in 2009, a Rus­sian woman an­gered at be­ing de­nied French cit­i­zen­ship bought a porce­lain mug from the Lou­vre gift shop and hurled it at the master­piece. Thank­fully, the Mona Lisa has been pro­tected by glass since 1960, and in 2005 was placed in a 1.52-inch, bul­let­proof case.

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