Mystery Man Spraypaints Art at the National Gallery

07.18.11 Marina Galperina

A 57-year-old man “desecrated” Nicolas Poussin’s 16th century work The Adoration of the Golden Calf at the National Museum in London today. He spray-painted on some brown and “proudly” stood by his work, before being arrested. Then, he gave “some kind of explanation in French.”

Unlike recent art attacks of clearly controversial works or those accompanied by explanatory, raging screams about “lesbians” and “Jesus,” the motive here is unknown.