The attack happened on August 2 and the unnamed assailant was immediately
“The woman threw an empty cup at the Mona Lisa, but there was no damage as the
cup smashed when it hit the screen protecting the painting,” said Louvre
spokesman David Madec.
“She was visibly upset,” he added, saying she had subsequently undergone
The woman had hidden the ceramic cup in a bag and later told police she had
been upset because she had not been granted French nationality. She has
since been released, but faces legal action from the Louvre.
Other museums in France have had problems.
In 2007, a man broke into the Musee D’Orsay in Paris and punched and damaged a
painting by the French impressionist Claude Monet.
In 2008 a Cambodian woman was made to do community service after kissing a
painting by American artist Cy Twombly at a gallery in southern France,
leaving lipstick on the canvas.
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