According to the Mauritshuis museum, a second activist glued their hand to the wall next to the 1665 work by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer, and an unidentified liquid was thrown
On Thursday, a climate activist glued his head to the glass covering the world-famous ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ painting at a museum in The Hague, though the artwork was not damaged, according to gallery staff. According to the Mauritshuis museum, a second activist glued their hand to the wall next to the 1665 work by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer, and an unidentified liquid was thrown.
An unverified social media video showed two men standing near the painting, both wearing “Just Stop Oil” T-shirts.
“The police were called, and three people were arrested.” Our restorer examined the condition of the painting. “Fortunately, the glass-covered masterwork was not damaged,” according to the museum.
Just Stop Oil activists threw soup over Vincent van Gogh’s painting “Sunflowers” at London’s National Gallery earlier this month. Glass was also used to protect that painting.
“It’s the same feeling you get when you see the planet being destroyed,” he continues.
More footage showed the two men in the video being escorted away by police
In a statement, Dutch police said they had arrested three Belgian men in their 40s. Causing damage to public property and were conducting a forensic investigation. They were being interrogated.
According to a statement issued by a group calling itself part of the “Just Stop Oil collective,” its Belgian activists were to blame and had thrown soup.
“The message is clear: if humanity does not stop using fossil fuels immediately, it will become extinct,” it said. “They would never defile a work of art that was not protected by glass.”
According to a representative of Just Stop Oil in the United Kingdom, the protest in The Hague was not coordinated and it was not involved. The organizations stated that they are not affiliated.
Gunay Uslu, the Dutch junior minister for culture, stated that “everyone has the right to make a point.” But, please, respect our common heritage. Attacking helpless works of art is not the way to go.”