A man disguised as an elderly woman in a wheelchair has thrown cake at the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting at the Louvre in Paris.
The piece, which was undamaged, was left with white cream smeared across its protective glass.
The perpetrator, seen wearing a wig and lipstick, urged people to “think of the Earth” while being led from the scene.
The incident on Sunday was described by witnesses as being “jaw-dropping”.
The crowd begin gasping and we looked up and some man in a wheelchair [dressed] as an old lady ran up to the painting and started punching it before smearing cake all over it,” the 20-year-old told the PA news agency.
“It took about 10 to 15 seconds for the security to actually take the man away, but the crowd seemed to panic a little bit.