Dutch police arrested three individuals after local weather activists focused Johannes Vermeer’s portray “Lady with a Pearl Earring” on the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague on Thursday. Two individuals glued themselves to the famed portray and adjoining wall, whereas one other threw an unknown substance, however the paintings was behind glass and undamaged, the Mauritshuis stated.
Social media photographs confirmed activists carrying “Simply Cease Oil” T-shirts and saying “how do you’re feeling”, whereas museum guests shouted “disgrace” and “you’re silly”. The assault comes after environmental activists poured tomato soup over Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” on the Nationwide Gallery in London and smeared mashed potato over a Monet portray in Germany.
“Round 2 pm (1200 GMT) two individuals glued themselves to the Lady with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer,” the Mauritshuis stated in a press release to AFP. “One particular person glued his head to the portray, which was behind glass, and the opposite particular person glued his hand to the inexperienced wall subsequent to the portray. A 3rd particular person threw an unknown substance on the portray.”
The museum added: “We’ve instantly inspected the portray, which was accomplished by our restorers. Fortuitously the portray… was not broken.” The portray would return on show “as quickly as potential”.
“Artwork is defenceless and to attempt to injury it for whichever trigger, we strongly condemn it,” the Mauritshuis added. The Hague police stated on Twitter that that they had arrested three individuals in a museum for “public violence in opposition to items”.
Dozens of individuals have been gathered contained in the museum ready for information, whereas safety guards informed them to not get too near the opposite work, an AFP reporter stated. The doorway to the room the place the “Lady with a Pearl Earring” usually hangs was blocked off by a big copy oil portray and a guard stated it might seemingly be closed for the remainder of the day. Two police vans have been parked exterior the museum whereas investigations continued. – AFP