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Tea cup attack on Mona Lisa

world Updated: Aug 11, 2009 17:40 IST
Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa still smiles, nine days after the famous painting was attacked in the Louvre in Paris - with a teacup.

A Russian tourist aimed an empty tea cup at Leonardo da Vinci's celebrated work on Aug 2, Le Parisien newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The artwork, which is kept behind bulletproof glass and is heavily guarded, was unscathed. The woman was promptly arrested and sent for psychological observation. The museum filed a complaint.

The woman is suspected of having Stendhal Syndrome, where the sufferer is compelled to act irrationally when moved by a work of art. Last year, a painting by US artist Cy Twombly was smacked with a kiss by a woman wearing red lipstick at an exhibition in France.