Paris, France – A woman was arrested for defacing a priceless French Revolution painting with a black marker while it hung in the Louvre. Though she could have, I don’t know, drawn a bunch of ironic mustaches all over it, she instead chose to vandalize the iconic painting with what amounts to a hashtag for a 9/11 “truther” website.
Eugene Delacroix’s famous 1830 painting “Liberty Leading the People” is an icon of the French Revolution. So much so, in fact, that the image has been replicated on postage stamps, book covers, Coldplay’s Viva la Vida album, and even the 100-franc note.
Now, it has a rather ugly “AE911” scribbled on it from a black marker. Police arrested the 28-year-old vandal Thursday, reports Yahoo.
“AE911Truth” is the name of a 9/11 “truther” website which I’m reluctant to identify by name much less with an outgoing link. They seek to establish the “truth” about the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City’s Twin Towers.
“We have a very passionate relationship with all our paintings and when something like this happens it’s really hard to handle,” said Vincent Pomarede, head of the Louvre’s painting department.
Reuters reports that “Liberty Leading the People” was on loan from the main Louvre in Paris to the new Louvre-Lens gallery in northern France, inaugurated last December by French President Francois Hollande.
Luckily, the Louvre confirmed on Friday that it had managed to save “Liberty Leading the People” from the 9/11 “truther” movement, since the black marker had not penetrated the upper layer of varnish. The vandalism has been successfully removed.