Mona Lisa is splattered with soup, the latest target for climate activists


Climate activists battled the usual weekend crowds at the Louvre Museum in Paris Sunday to splash the iconic Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci with canned soup.

Footage shows two women throwing a red liquid at the painting before crossing the wooden barrier protecting it from crowds.

One of the women removes her jacket to reveal a T-shirt reading “Riposte Alimentaire,” a food sustainability activist group in France, whose name means “food response.”

“What is more important?” She asked the shouting crowd.

Museum workers can be seen rushing to block the view of the activists and the painting.

The Mona Lisa, which depicts an Italian noblewoman with a mysterious smile, is an iconic work of the Italian renaissance, and is protected by bullet-proof glass.

On its website, the “Riposte Alimentaire” group said the French government is breaking its climate commitments and called for the equivalent of France’s state-sponsored health care system to be put in place to give people better access to healthy food while providing farmers a decent income.

Angry French farmers have been using their tractors for days to set up road blockades and slow traffic across France to seek better remuneration for their produce, less red tape and protection against cheap imports.

Some farmers threatened to converge on Paris, starting Monday, to block the main roads leading to the capital.

International galleries have increasingly become a stage for climate protestors, who target famous paintings using food and paint to draw attention to the climate crisis.

The Mona Lisa was previously targeted in 2022 by an activist who smeared cake on the painting, shouting “Artists tell you: think of the Earth. That’s why I did this.”

In 2022, activists from “Just Stop Oil,” a group attempting to pressure the U.K. government into not renewing new oil and gas licenses, threw soup over Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery in London’s Trafalgar Square.


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