Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Man held after Poussin painting is vandalised at National Gallery

Police called after 17th-century work is sprayed with red paintPoussin's The Adoration of the Golden Calf after it was sprayed with red paint. Photograph: Steven DearSteven Dear, who was visiting the gallery with friends, said: "I heard a lot of gasping and turned around and saw him spraying the painting. My reaction was to stop him doing any physical damage. I thought he might try to pull it off the wall. "He was just stood there on his own. He seemed proud of what he had done, giving a verbal protest – some kind of explanation in French as to why he had done it – and then just standing there waiting to be arrested. At no point did he try to escape. "The security guards then came over and snatched the paint cans from him, before clearing the room. It wasn't obvious why he did it, perhaps it was some kind of protest. - Cherry Wilson

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jul/17/poussin-attack-national-gallery