Italian environmental activists clasped their hands to the glass protecting the painting by Sandro Botticelli Primavera in the Uffizi Galleries in Florence.
The protest took place in the prominent museum where the 10-foot-tall painting is on display alongside other works by the 15th-century artist. Three demonstrators arrived with a sign reading, in Italian, “Last generation, no gas, no coal,” police said.
climate activists stick to Sandro Botticelli’s painting
Two activists stuck their palms to the 540-year-old masterpiece, while the third assistance unfurl a banner.
All three are said to be members of a protest group called “Ultima Generazione”, which translates to “Last Generation”.
The trio, who had paid for tickets to enter the gallery, were taken away by police, according to Italian news agency Ansa.
No damage was done to the painting, Ansa said citing the museum.
Italian media said the activists had received official orders to stay out of the tourist town for three years, using a strategy in Italy similar to that often applied to violent football fans.
Galleria degli #Offices: Laura and Simone so incollano went Primavera di Sandro Botticelli.
If he clima collassa, collassa l’intera civiltà per come la conosciamo. Non ci sarà più turismo, born musei, born arte. #climate #caldo #siccita #climaticemergency #A22Network pic.twitter.com/gd4lp7lkAr
— Ultima Generazione (@UltimaGenerazi1) July 22, 2022
“Is it possible to see a spring as beautiful as this today? Ultima Generazione said in a statement.
“Fires, food crises and drought are making things increasingly difficult. We have decided to use art to sound the alarm: we are heading towards social and eco-climatic collapse”.
Botticelli’s 650-year-old Primavera (meaning Spring) is one of the most famous paintings in the world. The Uffizi Gallery website describes the painting as “a celebration of love, peace and prosperity”.
Earlier in March, a top-flight English football match between Everton and Newcastle United was briefly halted after a protester tied himself to a goal post.
The bizarre incident took place in the second half when the environmental protester tied himself against a goal post at Everton’s Goodison Park wearing a bright orange shirt that read ‘Just Stop Oil’.
He stood with a zipper around his neck as officials rushed to the area to bring the situation under control. The football game was interrupted for about eight minutes.
The man was then taken away by police and stewards before the match resumed, with Alex Iwobi’s stoppage-time goal securing a vital 1-0 win for Everton.
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