Tuesday, August 11, 2009
PARIS (AFP) – An "unhinged" Russian woman threw a teacup at the world's most famous painting, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," but it emerged unscathed due to its bullet-proof glass cover, the Louvre museum said on Tuesday.
"The young woman took a cup out of her bag and threw it over the heads of other people who were looking at the painting. The cup smashed on the bullet-proof glass which was slightly scratched," a spokesman said.
"It looks like it was done by someone who was unhinged and wanted to draw attention to herself," he said.
The woman put up no resistance when museum guards apprehended her after the incident on August 2.
She was handed over to police who said the woman "did not have all her mental faculties and has been transferred to the police psychiatric infirmary."