A woman is being held in Paris after throwing a cup of tea onto the Mona Lisa painting at the French capital's Louvre Museum.

The Museum spokesman said that there was no damage done to the painting whatsoever, since it is protected by bullet-proof glass almost two centimetres thick, and also contained in a special sealed box to protect it from vibrations and humidity.

"It is one of the most well guarded works of art in the world, and it would take more than a well-aimed tea-cup to damage it," he says.

The woman was pounced on by two museum security guards and handed over to central Paris police after the incident on August 2.

She is being held in custody and is said to have undergone a psychological examination.

Doctors were trying to assess whether she was suffering from Stendhal Syndrome, a rare condition that causes dizziness, confusion or violent acts when an individual is exposed to art.

A police spokesman added, "We are still establishing her state of mind at the time, though there is a possibility she could be charged with criminal damage."

In July last year, a 32-year-old woman wearing lipstick kissed a painting by American artist Cy Twombly on display in Avignon, leaving left a large red smudge.

At the Orsay Museum in Paris a year earlier, a man ripped a hole in a painting by impressionist Claude Monet.

The last attack on a work of art at the Louvre was in 1998, when a mathematics professor attacked a statue of Roman philosopher Seneca with a hammer.



Source: DailyMail