Delacroix’s “La Liberte Guidant Le Peuple” (1830) after it was damaged on February 7, 2013 while on view at the Louvre-Lens in northern France. A 28-year-old woman used a permanent marker to scrawl “AE911,” which apparently referred to the conspiracy theory group Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The woman was immediately apprehended; the painting was restored and placed back on view soon after. 

Delacroix’s “La Liberte Guidant Le Peuple” (1830) after it was damaged on February 7, 2013 while on view at the Louvre-Lens in northern France. A 28-year-old woman used a permanent marker to scrawl “AE911,” which apparently referred to the conspiracy theory group Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The woman was immediately apprehended; the painting was restored and placed back on view soon after. 

Christopher Schreck