Friday, 14 August 2009

Woman 'attacks the Mona Lisa with mug'

A Russian tourist created a security alert when she attacked the Mona Lisa with a mug.

Over 40 visitors at the Louvre Museum in Paris were sent screaming from the famous Leonardo da Vinci painting after the unidentified woman threw an empty terracotta mug over their heads at the work of art, The Daily Telegraph reports.

"There was no damage done to the painting whatsoever," a museum official told Le Parisien. "Naturally, the Mona Lisa is a carefully watched and protected painting. It is kept in a special sealed box to protect it from vibrations, heat and humidity.

"It is protected by thick glass resistant to bullets and any other object hurled at it."

The tourist was apprehended by two museum guards and turned over to police. She is being held in custody and has undergone psychological testing for Stendhal Syndrome, where sane people momentarily lose all sense of reason and attack a work of art.

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