"Unstable" 9/11 truther defaces Delacroix

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"Unstable" 9/11 truther defaces Delacroix

Postby RocketMan » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:05 am

A shame on a couple of levels.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21380562

French police have detained a woman accused of defacing an iconic Delacroix painting, Liberty Leading The People, at a branch of the Louvre Museum.

She was held after being seen scrawling a graffiti tag on the painting, a Romantic masterpiece painted in 1830 to celebrate a French uprising.

The museum in the northern town of Lens said the work might easily be cleaned but would be examined by a restorer.

The Louvre Lens museum only opened in the former mining town in December.

The painting by Eugene Delacroix, which featured on the pre-euro, 100-franc French banknote and reportedly inspired the Statue of Liberty in New York, is being exhibited in Lens for a year.

French media quoted unnamed legal sources as saying the graffito was a clear reference to a 9/11 conspiracy theory.

The gallery remained closed to the public on Friday.

'Unstable'

Just before closing time the previous day, a 28-year-old woman scrawled the 30cm (12in) graffito on the bottom of the painting and was immediately detained by a museum guard, France's 20 Minutes news website reported.

The work itself, which commemorates the July Revolution of 1830, measures 325cm by 260cm.

The mark may be "easily cleaned" but a restoration expert was being sent from the parent museum in Paris, the museum said in a statement.

No decision has yet been taken on whether the painting will have to be removed, the museum was quoted as saying by French broadcaster France 3.

The local prosecutor, Philippe Peyroux, told AFP news agency that the woman in custody appeared to be "unstable" and that he had requested a psychiatric examination.

He added that the woman, whose identity has not been released, had a "French-sounding name".


"A French-sounding name", eh... Kerry? *rimshot*
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Re: "Unstable" 9/11 truther defaces Delacroix

Postby barracuda » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:59 am

She essentially wrote a url on the picture with a marker. It's not a bad way to generate page hits, actually.

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Re: "Unstable" 9/11 truther defaces Delacroix

Postby barracuda » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:15 am

Bumping for 19th century French painters of revolutionary themes.

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And for righteous defacement of art.

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Re: "Unstable" 9/11 truther defaces Delacroix

Postby Jerky » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:55 am

Righteous? Uck.
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Re: "Unstable" 9/11 truther defaces Delacroix

Postby barracuda » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:59 am

Clearly she thought it was. And intent is 9/10ths of the gesture.
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Re: "Unstable" 9/11 truther defaces Delacroix

Postby FourthBase » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:34 am

Given the ability today to completely restore a painting after almost any attack short of acid, I see no reason to be aghast at defacement like this. If one is willing to go to jail and pay a gigantic fine (or feign madness and not have to) then it seems like an easy, foolproof, semi-non-violent way to get the world's attention and broadcast a quick message.
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