Glue Attack on Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”
After van Gogh and Monet, Vermeer is now also hit: climate activists are hitting a museum in The Hague.
ran. /(Reuters) A climate activist taped his head to the glass protecting the world-famous painting Girl with a Pearl Earring at a museum in The Hague on Thursday. According to museum employees, the work of art was not damaged.
A second activist taped his hand to the wall next to the work by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer from 1665. An unknown liquid was then spilled, the Mauritshuis Museum said.
An unverified video shared on social media showed two men near the painting. The police were called and took the two men away. According to the Dutch police, three people were arrested in total, but did not give any further details.
The condition of the painting has been examined by the museum’s restorer, the museum said. He came to the conclusion that the glass-covered painting was not damaged in the action.
The protest came just under two weeks after activists downed soup over Vincent van Gogh’s painting Sunflowers at London’s National Gallery. This painting was also protected by glass.
Claude Monet’s painting from the famous series “Les Meules” (“The Haystacks”) was smeared with mashed potatoes on Sunday in the Barberini Museum in Potsdam.