Friday, February 08, 2013 8:28 am
Famed Delacroix canvas defaced at new Louvre
The Associated Press
The 28-year-old woman was immediately seized by a guard and another visitor, then handed over to police, according to a statement from the Louvre-Lens on Friday. It said the painting should be easily cleaned.
The Louvre-Lens opened in December in Lens, a struggling coal town with an unemployment rate nearly three times the national average.
The Delacroix work is among the artist's most famous. It shows a bare-breasted woman (Liberty) holding aloft the French flag as she urges on a crowd of revolutionaries. According to Le Figaro newspaper, the woman wrote "AE911" near the bottom of the canvas.