Eco-activists glue themselves to Francisco de Goya paintings in Madrid

Eco-activists glue themselves to frames of two Francisco de Goya paintings in Madrid museum

  • Two young women have been pictured after gluing themselves to the artworks
  • The action occurred at the Prado Museum and saw 1.5C sprayed on the wall
  • The activists from Futuro Vegetal are campaigning to combat climate change

Two female activists have glued themselves to the frames of two paintings by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya at Madrid’s Prado Museum in the latest protest over climate change.

The pair scrawled the message 1.5 degrees Celsius between the paintings they targeted – the Naked Maja and the Clothed Maja.

They identified themselves as belonging to Futuro Vegetal, which literally means Vegetable Future and is a movement linked to Extinction Rebellion Spain.

Futuro Vegetal said in a tweet showing the women stuck to the paintings: ‘We have stuck ourselves to Goya’s Mijas in the Prado Museum.

‘Last week the United Nations recognised the impossibility of limiting global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels in line with the Paris Agreement.’

Video footage from the scene appears to show museum staff attempting to stop bystanders filming the protest. 

A woman wearing a staff lanyard could be heard saying ‘no photos, please’ and seemed to say police had been called. 

The latest protest follows close on the heels of an incident last month in which activists from Just Stop Oil threw tomato soup over Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London.

One of the pictures targeted was Clothed Maja by Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes

The second picture targeted was the Naked Maja by Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes

Days later climate activists threw mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet painting in Germany.

Most recently on Friday a group of activists threw pea soup onto a Vincent van Gogh masterpiece in Rome, in a protest they warned will continue until more attention was paid to climate change.

‘The Sower’, an 1888 painting by the Dutch artist depicting a farmer sowing his land under a dominating sun, was exhibited behind glass and undamaged.

Security intervened immediately and removed the protesters kneeling in front of ‘The Sower’ at the Palazzo Bonaparte. Protesters from the same group, the Last Generation, earlier blocked a highway near Rome.

The climate activists from Last Generation called their protest ‘a desperate and scientifically grounded cry that cannot be understood as mere vandalism’.

‘Non-violent direct actions will continue until citizens get answers from their government on the demands to stop gas and coal and to invest in at least 20 GW of renewables,’ they said in a statement.

Video taken from inside a museum gallery crowded with visitors show two young women throwing a liquid substance onto the painting.

They and a third woman are then seen gluing their hands to the wall as shouting erupts in the room.

Last month, a pair of demonstrators glued themselves to the floor after throwing soup on Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ at the National Gallery in London

One of the protestors said after the stunt: ‘What is worth more, art or life?’ before they glued themselves to the wall 

The £76 million piece of art was ‘unharmed’ during the climate demonstration on October 14

They have targeted masterpieces such as the ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo da Vinci in the Louvre in Paris or ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer at The Hague’s Mauritshuis museum.

In October, the group Just Stop Oil threw tomato soup over Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ at London’s National Gallery.

All of those paintings were covered by glass and were undamaged.

This story is being updated. 

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