Mona Lisa attacked as man dressed like old woman throws cake at £672m painting

This is the bizarre moment a man disguised as an old woman was pulled away by security guards after he smeared the famous Mona Lisa painting with cake.

Video shared by stunned tourists at Louvre Museum shows the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece stained with cream on the bulletproof glass.

A security guard is seen wiping the whipped cream off the protective screen while stunned tourists snap pictures off the moment.

Another clip, shared on Twitter, shows security guards and staff at Louvre Museum taking the perpetrator, who is seen wearing a wig and pushing wheelchair, away from the crowd.

He shouts: "Think about the Earth. People are in the process of destroying the Earth!

"Artists think about the Earth, that's why I did this. Think of the planet!"

Witnesses said they saw the man rolling past Leonardo da Vinci's famous masterpiece in a wheelchair before suddenly leaping to his feet and launching a pie at the painting.

He then threw a bouquet of roses into the air and was tackled to the ground by Louvre security guards moments later.

This is not the first time the famed artwork was targeted in malicious attack.

In 2011 a Russian woman threw a cup of tea at the painting after being refused French citizenship and the protective glass was damaged.

Louvre Museum stated that the Mona Lisa has been exhibited in a protective glass case since 2005.

They said: "This special treatment stems partly from the need to ensure the safety of such a famous work, but is also due to conservation requirements: the work was not painted on canvas, but on a panel of poplar wood which has warped over the years, causing a crack to appear.

"To prevent further damage, the Mona Lisa has to be kept in a temperature and humidity-controlled glass case."

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