Sunday May 29 started as a normal day at the Louvre Museum in Paris as visitors gathered to get a peek at the world’s most famous painting- da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
But things soon took a bizarre turn when what appeared to be an old lady in a wheelchair approached the painting, leapt out of the mobility aid, and smeared cake frosting all over the 16th century masterpiece!
The person behind the attempted vandalism was a 36-year-old man who had disguised himself as a disabled old lady in order to get close enough to the painting. His motive? To bring attention to environmental issues.
However, the actual Mona Lisa remained unharmed, thanks to its protective glass.
In fact, the painting’s glass case has protected it on multiple such occasions. You see, the painting is no stranger to things being hurled at it– from rocks, to coffee, to red paint, and to even acid– the Mona Lisa has withstood it all. That’s one reason why the glass has been made bulletproof.
But what would happen if the glass were to give in?
Well in that case, Art Insurance would come to the rescue!
Museums, art dealers, collectors, and exhibitions purchase Art Insurance to protect valuable items such as paintings or sculptures from unexpected damage due to theft, vandalism, accidents, or defective titles.
Art Insurance can provide reimbursement for the cost of repair and restoration of damaged artwork and for the financial loss if the artwork is completely destroyed.
Mona Lisa, being one of the most valuable paintings in the world, holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensive Art Insurance coverage at US$100 million in 1962– a sum equivalent to around $870 million today!
Caption - The most famous painting in the world, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, had cake frosting smeared all over it last Sunday in a bizarre case of vandalism.