Three people were arrested after a climate activist attempted to glue his head to the Johannes Vermeer’s painting ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’ in a museum in The Hague.
Video posted to social media shows two men standing next to the centuries-old painting wearing t-shirts that read, “Just Stop Oil”. One man attempted to glue himself to the glass covering on the painting while the other poured tomato soup over him. The second man then stuck his hand to the panel holding the painting.
“How do you feel when you see something beautiful and priceless being apparently destroyed before your eyes? Do you feel outrage? Good. That is the feeling when you see the planet being destroyed before our very eyes,” one of the men shouted.
The museum said the painting was not damaged, The Associated Press reports.
“The condition of the painting has been investigated by our conservators. Fortunately, the glazed masterpiece was not damaged,” the museum said.
Police in The Hague said they had arrested three people for “public violence against property,” the AP reports.