THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Local weather activists focused Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece “Woman with a Pearl Earring” with glue and liquid on Thursday however one of many world’s most iconic work was not broken within the newest of such publicity-seeking stunts.
A video posted on Twitter confirmed one man pouring a can of pink substance over one other protester who appeared to aim to connect his head to the glass-protected portray. The second man caught his hand to the panel holding the centuries-old portray.
“The situation of the portray has been investigated by our conservators. Fortuitously, the glazed masterpiece was not broken,” the museum mentioned.
One of many males, carrying a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrases “Simply Cease Oil,” shouted “How do you are feeling while you see one thing lovely and priceless being apparently destroyed earlier than your eyes? Do you are feeling outrage? Good. That’s the feeling while you see the planet being destroyed earlier than our very eyes.”
He went on to say that the portray is protected by glass as one customer to the museum shouts: “Disgrace on you!” Different guests additionally confirmed their disapproval.
Police in The Hague mentioned they’d arrested three folks for “public violence towards property.”
Earlier this month, local weather protesters threw mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet portray in a German museum and the same protest occurred in London, the place protesters threw soup over Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” within the Nationwide Gallery. In each these instances, the work weren’t broken.
“Artwork is defenseless, and the Mauritshuis firmly rejects makes an attempt to wreck it for any objective by any means,” the museum mentioned. It refused additional remark because it argued it might solely give the protesters additional publicity.