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Mona Lisa still smiling after teacup attack

Attacked with a tea cup you say?


Yes. With a tea cup. I kid you not.

PARIS 11AUG2009

An angry Russian woman pulled a teacup out of her purse and threw it at the Mona Lisa on Aug. 2, the Louvre said on Tuesday. The Da Vinci masterpiece, which is protected by bulletproof glass, was undamaged. “The work is intact, and viewing was only disturbed the time it took to pick up the pieces,” said David Madec, a Louvre spokesman. The woman was taken to the police psychiatric infirmary. “She was clearly deranged,” a police spokesman said.

This is the latest in a long history of attacks on the portrait, which was stolen in 1911 by an Italian nationalist before being returned in 1913. In 1956, it was doused with acid. Later that same year, a man damaged the painting by throwing a rock at it.

Talk about random acts of futility! LOL! What on earth could have driven her to it? Did she maybe suppose that Mona was laughing at her? Could be. That smile…you never know…I could see that being a bit provocative…but hasn’t Mona always been provocative? Saucy minx! :P

Anyway, I learned two things in regards to this incident:

  1. Never make a Russian woman angry – you don’t know what she may pull out her purse and throw at you.
  2. The Louvre does not view tea cups as potentially dangerous objects. My guess is, they still don’t.

Care for some tea?

  1. August 16, 2009 at 4:56 am

    LOL! I shudder to think what this babushka might have tossed at the Venus de Milo….

    • August 17, 2009 at 3:35 pm

      Truly, a frightening thought! :D

  2. August 16, 2009 at 10:02 am

    While she certainly wins no points in terms of actual success, I think we can safely agree that this woman deserves plenty of applause for creativity.

    • August 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

      Indeed. Bet she’s got a pretty decent pitching arm! Wonder how her curve ball is… ;)

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