Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Deranged Woman Throws a Cup at the Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa

It's not the first time that the world's most recognizable portrait has suffered an attack from a viewer; in fact the Mona Lisa has had suffered a lot of woes from people who must be out of their minds.

I have read from a website just recently that the famous painting got attacked on 2 August 2009 -- a Russian woman hurled a ceramic cup at the Mona Lisa out of frustration from being denied French citizenship!

The Mona Lisa is a portrait known the world over for its enigmatic smile and for its artist, the great Leonardo da Vinci. A portrait of Francesco del Giocondo's wife, Lisa Gherardini, the Mona Lisa is also refered to as La Gioconda. The painting was created with great skill with Leonardo's own sfumato technique and brilliant artistry. The painting is owned by the Government of France that is why it is gracing its own wall at the world-famous Louvre Museum in Paris.

The woman visited the museum on a Sunday when the entrance to the museum is free and suddenly threw the cup out of frustration. The Mona Lisa went through that attack unharmed since it is covered in bulletproof glass. The Russian woman however, was arrested by the police and underwent psychiatric testing for her behavior. She was eventually released but the Louvre filed a legal complaint against her for the incident.

I have watched several documentaries about the Mona Lisa and it is deemed to be da Vinci's most favorite of his works because he always took it with him while traveling from one place to another and had it with him until his death.

My friend Odessa is a big fan of da Vinci and the Mona Lisa...I wonder how she'd react to this weird piece of news in the art world.

I was appalled when I first read the headline... Thank goodness for bulletproof glass I can still keep dreaming of seeing her someday!


Odessa said...

ahahahhahahah wattttttttaaaaa!!!!!!!!!

sciornex said...

Someday we will see it again...

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