Eugene Delacroix’s ‘Liberty Leading The People’ defaced at the Louvre Lens museum

By Daniel S Levine,

One of the most famous paintings in French history, Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading The People, was defaced that the Louvre Lens museum in Lens.

The woman, who wrote “AE911” on the classic Romantic painting, was apprehended by police immediately. According to The Telegraph the woman, 28, was being questioned by police.

The phrase “AE911” stands for “Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth,” a group of 9/11 conspiracy theorists.

The BBC reports that the woman wrote the message on the painting just before the new Louvre branch closed on Thursday. It remained closed on Wednesday. Although it can be “easily cleaned,” a restoration expert was sent to the museum to examine the piece. A local prosecutor only said that the woman appeared to be “unstable” and had a “French-sounding name.”

Delacroix completed Liberty Leading the People in 1830 and it is said to have inspired the Statue of Liberty. It commemorates the 1830 French revolution and shows a bare-chested woman leading the French while clutching the tri-color flag.

It was the centerpiece of the new Louvre branch in Lens and was supposed to be there for a year. The branch only opened in December. Officials have not decided if they will take it back to the Louvre in Paris or not.



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