Climate activists bond with Goya paintings in Madrid’s Prado museum

Climate activists glued their hands to the frames of two world-famous paintings by Spanish master Francisco de Goya in Madrid’s Prado Museum on Saturday, the latest in a series of protests against artworks across Europe.

A man and woman attached themselves to Goya’s “La Maja Vestida” (The Clothed Maja) and his “La Maja Desnuda” (The Naked Maja), painting “+1.5 C” on the wall between the two works, video footage showed.

Campaign group Futuro Vegetal said its members carried out the protest.

“Last week, the UN recognized the impossibility of keeping us below the 1.5 Celsius limit (set in the 2016 Paris climate agreement). We need change now,” it wrote on Twitter.

Groups of climate activists have mounted a series of similar protests in recent weeks ahead of Egypt’s COP27 climate change conference.

Protesters tried to cling to the glass of Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ in The Hague and others threw soup over Van Gogh’s ‘The Sower’ in Rome and one of his Sunflowers paintings in London. Both works were also featured.

The protesters clung to “La Maja Vestida” and “La Maja Desnuda”.

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The protesters sprayed 1.5 degrees C on the wall.

The Prado said his paintings, made in the early 18th and 19th centuries, were undamaged and the graffiti on the wall was quickly painted over.

“We condemn the use of the museum as a place to make political protest of any kind,” the gallery added.

Police say two people have been arrested.


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