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Activists glue themselves to Goya paintings in Spanish climate protest


By Reuters and published by The Indian Express

Madrid – Climate activists glued themselves to the frames of two world-famous paintings by Spanish master Francisco de Goya in Madrid’s Prado museum on Saturday (Nov. 5), the latest in a string of protests targeting artworks across Europe.

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

Campaign group Futuro Vegetal said its members carried out the protest. Futuro Vegetal literally means Vegetable Future and is a movement linked to the Extinction Rebellion Spain.

“Last week the UN recognised the impossibility of keeping us below the limit of 1.5 Celsius (agreed at 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 in the build-up to next week’s COP27 climate change conference in Egypt.

Protesters tried to glue themselves to the glass covering 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 of those works were also covered.

The Prado said its paintings had not been damaged, but staff would have to repair the wall between the two works which were created at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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

Police said two people had been arrested.


Top and Front Page: Climate protesters from Futuro Vegetal stick themselves to the frames of Goya’s paintings “La Maja Vestida” and “La Maja Desnuda” to alert about the climate emergency in Madrid, Spain on Nov. 5, 2022 in this picture obtained from social media. Photo: Futuro Vegetal/via Reuters and published by The Indian Express

Insert: The two environmental activists stuck themselves to the frames of Goya’s famous ‘”Las Majas” paintings and scrawled graffiti referencing the “+ 1.5C” global temperature target on the wall. Photo: Pixabay and published by

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