French icon vandalized at the Louvre

 

French icon vandalized at the Louvre

Author: 

George Conger

The Louvre Museum in Paris today announced that it was temporarily closing its Louvre-Lens gallery after a visitor defaced Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People.
The French newspaper La Croix reported that on 7 Feb 2013 a 28 year old woman drew on the La Liberté guidant le peuple before she was apprehended by other patrons.
The iconic painting of a woman (Liberty) holding aloft the flag of the French Revolution - the tricolor – while raising a musket in revolution as she leads citizens, workers and bourgeois, across a barricade commemorates the July Revolution of 1830.
Public prosecutor Philippe Peyroux reported the accused was in custody and would be examined by a psychiatrist.  The extent of the damage was not known, he reported, but the museum was expected to reopen shortly after a review of its security procedures.