ROME – Italian environmental activists glued their hands to the glass protecting Sandro Botticelli’s “Spring” painting in Florence’s Uffizi Galleries on Friday, police said. The museum said thanks to the glass, which was installed as a precaution several years ago, the masterpiece was unharmed.
Combined with the Florentine artist’s other masterpiece, “Birth of Venus,” the two iconic canvases, dating from the late 15th century, are among the museum’s most popular artworks. The painting is large, measuring 10 feet, 6 inches by 6 feet, 9 inches (319 cm by 207 cm).
Carabinieri police said two young women and a man, all Italians who had bought tickets, staged the protest in the Uffizi room dedicated to the painter. Activists sat on the ground and displayed a banner that read: “Last generation without gas or coal,” police said.
The glue has been safely removed from the glass.
The daily Corriere della Sera quoted the activists in a statement: “Today, is it possible to see a beautiful spring like this?”
The three were taken to a police station in Florence. Italian media said the activists had been officially ordered to stay out of the popular tourist city for three years, using a strategy in Italy similar to that often applied to violent soccer fans.
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Protest in the ‘Spring’ of the Uffizi but the painting is not damaged
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