Liberty does not mean you can scrawl your message on a priceless painting

Delacroix’s iconic ‘Liberty’ intact after vandalism – FRANCE – ART – FRANCE 24.

A painting that is the enduring image of the French revolution and adorned the 100-franc note for nearly two decades was vandalised this week at the Louvre-Lens museum, but officials there say it has not sustained any permanent damage.

According to judicial sources, the woman scrawled “AE911” on the canvas using an indelible black marker.

On Friday morning, French media were speculating that the graffiti could be a reference to the “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth” group, which believes that the 2001 collapse of the World Trade Center could not have resulted solely from the impact of two fuel-heavy airliners.

Delacroix's "La Liberté guidant le peuple"

Delacroix’s “La Liberté guidant le peuple”

She is under arrest. According to Gawker, it is indeed truther-related:

[…]”Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth,” a group that ostensibly exists so that very inept architects and engineers can talk about their theory that George W. Bush knocked down the towers, but that mostly has the effect of making your high school friends’ Facebook status updates intolerable.

But the group is condemning the stunt:

We do not know if this act of vandalism was done in reference to our organization. Whether or not this is true, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth) condemns and deplores the defacing of this priceless work of art and all public and private property. Our code of conduct requires all of our volunteers to abide by the laws, rules, and regulations of society.

The founder and CEO of the non-profit organization, Richard Gage, AIA, noted, “I was shocked and horrified to learn of this senseless act of vandalism. I sincerely hope that this unbalanced person is not in anyway associated with our numerous volunteers in France. Our organization prides itself on the integrity of its activists, who are seeking a real, unimpeachable investigation of the destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11.”

According to this news report, the painting has been repaired and goes back on display today.

Good news. Hints are she may be a bit psychologically unstable. But anyone who believes the unsupported nonsense of the 9/11 conspiracy theory is not functioning in reality.

For more:
9/11 Conspiracy Theories: The 9/11 Truth Movement in Perspective
9/11 and the Science of Controlled Demolitions
and Debunking 911

Tip: Bob Blaskiewicz

  5 comments for “Liberty does not mean you can scrawl your message on a priceless painting

  1. February 9, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Gage seems not to realize that the chain of causality that led to this starts with his group (though 9/11 Turhterism formally started in France). And they are milking the exposure because they are awful.

  2. February 9, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    All the local reports have the administration of the Louvre-Lens saying the writing was just on the surface varnish coating, & did not penetrate to the paint layers below. Supposedly repaired already, & back on display with little or no damage visible.Lens not to far away from me in Valenciennes. Strangely little has been said about lack of security on what the French consider such an iconic painting, though a security guard has been assigned to the room it’s displayed in. The woman who vandalised the painting is undergoing psychiatric evaluation & papers report a psychiatrist confusingly saying she is “criminally not responsible” for her actions, yet not mad. Could just be poor translation – my French is far from perfect, but then the French have the habit of being contradictory! Waiting to see if it’s on tonight’s news again.

  3. February 9, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, Insanité

  4. RDW
    February 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    The huge bolts and/or rivets holding the steel infrastructures of the buildings together, when softened by the intense heat from the jet fuel and other burning materials, broke, triggering the collapse of the entire structure. The rivets/bolts were designed to simply hold the structure together, not to withstand the force of the huge amount of weight of the building slamming down on them from above. This isn’t “Rocket Science”. It’s not really very complex at all. I have no background in engineering, physics, or math at all, but even I can see the reality of the matter. It’s just not that complicated. An apt analogy would be someone standing on a few 1 inch by 2 inch pieces of wood. you might be able to stand there all day without them breaking. but if you were to jump up and down on them, they would, of course, break.

  5. Phil
    February 9, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    I want to know why Abe Lincoln is in the painting.

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