Vermeer’s ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’ Is the Latest Work Targeted by Climate Activists

The demonstration is another escalation of radical museum protests by European climate activists.

Vermeer's 'Girl With a Pearl Earring'
The protest is the latest of many across Europe, in escalating eco-demonstrations.
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Johannes Vermeer’sĀ Girl With a Pearl EarringĀ is the latest famed artwork to be targeted by climate protesters.

Two demonstrators wearing Just Stop Oil t-shirts, the name of the U.K. group which recently threw tomato soup on a Van Gogh painting in London’s National Gallery, staged a protest at the Mauritshuis Museum in the Hague today (Oct. 27) .

One of the men glued his head to the glass layer protecting Vermeer’s painting, before a can of red liquid is poured on his head, according to videos of the incident.

“How do you feel when you see something beautiful and priceless being apparently destroyed before your eyes? Do you feel outraged? Good,” said one of the demonstrators. “Where is that feeling when you see the climate being destroyed before our very eyes?”

Museum-goers reacted in shock, with one attendee shouting “Shame on you.” Three arrests were made at the museum, as reported by Reuters.

Vermeer’s ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’ Is the Latest Work Targeted by Climate Activists