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I think it's sad that I had to hear about this story on perezhilton.com... nevertheless! A deranged Russian woman threw a ceramic mug at the Mona Lisa a few days ago. Add this to the list of assassination attempts against poor Mona. The woman was apparently bitter about being denied French citizenship. She's really not going to get it now. Oh well, as the French say: "C'est la vie!" But fear not, being prolly the most important painting in the world, it was deflected by bullet-proof glass. They don't just keep that painting out in open air anymore.
There have been various examples of people trying to damage the picture (from wikipedia);
In 1911 The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. Vincenzo Peruggia stole it by entering the building during regular hours, hiding in a broom closet and walking out with it hidden under his coat after the museum had closed. Peruggia was an Italian patriot who believed Leonardo's painting should be returned to Italy for display in an Italian museum. Peruggia may have also been motivated by a friend who sold copies of the painting, which would skyrocket in value after the theft of the original. After having kept the painting in his apartment for two years, Peruggia grew impatient and was finally caught when he attempted to sell it to the directors of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence; it was exhibited all over Italy and returned to the Louvre in 1913. Peruggia was hailed for his patriotism in Italy and only served a few months in jail for the crime.
During World War II, the painting was again removed from the Louvre and taken safely, first to Château d'Amboise, then to the Loc-Dieu Abbey and finally to the Ingres Museum in Montauban.
In 1956, the lower part of the painting was severely damaged when a vandal doused the painting with acid.
On December 30 of that same year a young Bolivian damaged the painting by throwing a rock at it. This resulted in the loss of a speck of pigment near the left elbow, which was later painted over.
In April 1974, a handicapped woman sprayed red paint at the painting while it was on display at the Tokyo National Museum.
Posted by soundofthesun at 6:08 AM
Monday, August 10, 2009
Yes another Michael Jackson post, but this one is just too good to resist!
This egyptian sculpture has been around for awhile...but the funny thing about it is how people started noticing the uncanny resemblance to Jacko! I mean look at the nose, eyes, pale skin, hair, chin. If this isn't Michael Jackson, I don't know what is... Right down to the botched nose job. I expect it to burst out into Billie Jean at any second.
This egyptian sculpture is located in the Field Museum and is called Statue of a Woman.
Statue of a Woman
Egyptian, New Kingdom
ca. 1550 B.C.-1070 B.C.
The Field Museum, Chicago
Posted by soundofthesun at 8:55 AM
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Even though it's been quite awhile since Jacko died, he is still plastered all over the news! All the tabloids and gossip channels love the baggage and the drama...and then comes the art scene. Back in 1984 Andy Warhol did a silkscreen painting of Michael Jackson. Well, that is coming up for sale now. It is to be auctioned in New York and is expected to fetch around $10,000,000. But prolly even more considering the resurgence of memorabilia prices because of his death. So there's no telling how much it will fetch.
Posted by soundofthesun at 7:09 AM