Canada's National Post Reported "9/11 Truther vandalizes Delacroix painting at the Louvre"
A visitor to the Louvre’s newest extension, in northern France, has been detained after scrawling an inscription in marker on the famed canvas of Eugene Delacroix Liberty Leading the People. According to Le Figaro newspaper, the woman wrote “AE911″ near the bottom of the canvas. The inscription stands for “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth," Complete Story - http://arts.nationalpost.com/2013/02/08/911-truther-vandalizes-statue-of...
According to Le Figaro newspaper, the woman wrote “AE911″ near the bottom of the canvas. The inscription stands for “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth,” a group of individuals who believe George W. Bush is responsible for the collapse of the Twin Towrs in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. The group comprises architects, engineers and demolition experts who believe there is empirical evidence to suggest 9/11 was an inside job.
The 28-year-old woman was immediately seized by a guard and another visitor, then handed over to police, according to a statement from the Louvre-Lens on Friday. It said the painting should be easily cleaned.
The Louvre-Lens opened in December in Lens, a struggling coal town with an unemployment rate nearly three times the national average.
The Delacroix work is among the artist’s most famous. It shows a bare-breasted woman (Liberty) holding aloft the French flag as she urges on a crowd of revolutionaries.The painting is illustrative of the rise of the French romantic period but more importantly the French Revolution, with several symbols and figures painted by Delacroix acting as strong political and revolutionary symbols.
The painting is also notable for its relationship to New York City: the bare-chested figure of Liberty in Delacroix’s work was a direct inspiration for the Statue of Liberty, gifted to the United States by the French in 1886.