Rembrandt “Self Portrait at the Age of 63” / paint
(In 1998, a 26-year-old nudist activist (and former art student) named Vincent Bethell used yellow paint to draw a large dollar sign on this work while it was on view at London’s National Gallery. Bethell, who entered the museum wearing a woman’s floral print dress, had attached a tube of paint to his thigh with rubber bands. He stood in front of the work for over fifteen minutes before stripping naked and applying paint to the canvas. He was quickly subdued by security.
As Bethell later explained, “I was attempting to highlight the injustice of criminalising public nakedness. It was a naked protest that attempted to gain the right to be naked in public.”)