A priceless work of art from the 18th Century in a slashing attack at London’s National Gallery over the weekend.
According to The New York Times, the casualty is Thomas Gainsborough’s Mr. and Mrs. William Hallett—an portrait featuring a couple on a morning walk with their dog—that is a major draw at the gallery.
The attack unfolded Saturday, when a 63-year-old man walked up to the painting and “[slashed] through layers of paint but [left] the canvas underneath intact,” the museum announced.
Another famous act of vandalism occurred a little over 100 years at the same gallery. In 1914, a woman slashed a painting by Spanish Golden Age artist Diego Velázquez with a meat cleaver.
For a deeper dive on the slashed portrait in question, watch the video from ArtEx below.
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