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Activists stick to Goya paintings in climate protest in Spain

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Climate activists glued themselves to the frames of two world-famous paintings by Spanish master Francisco de Goya at Madrid’s Prado Museum on Saturday, the latest in a series of protests against works of art across Europe.

A man and a woman adhered to Goya’s “La Maja Vestida” (The Clothed Maja) and his “La Maja Desnuda” (The Naked Maja), and painted “+1.5 C” on the wall between the two works, they show. video images. .

The campaign group Futuro Vegetal said its members carried out the protest.

“Last week the UN recognized the impossibility of staying below the limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius (agreed in the 2016 Paris climate agreement). We need a change now,” she wrote on Twitter.

Climate activist groups have staged a series of similar protests in recent weeks in preparation for next week’s COP27 climate change conference in Egypt.

Protesters tried to stick to the glass covering Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” in The Hague and others threw soup on Van Gogh’s “The Sower” in Rome and one of his Sunflowers paintings in London. Both works were also covered.

The Prado said its paintings were undamaged, but staff would have to repair the wall between the two works that were created between the 18th and 19th centuries.

“We condemn the use of the museum as a venue for political protest of any kind,” the gallery added.

Police said two people had been arrested.

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