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With a little glue and spray paint, protesters took action at the Royal Academy of Arts’ gallery in London, demanding greater government action against climate change.
A group of at least five activists from the group JustStopOil sprayed “No New Oil” under the picture. A copy of Leonardo’s Last Supper I glued my hand to the frame of the artwork. This painting depicts a biblical scene in which Jesus embraces the Last Supper with the Twelve Apostles, one of whom tells them to betray him. A 500-year-old copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece was by Giampietrino, a student of Da Vinci, and the painter Giovanni Antonio Boltrafio may have worked on it as well.
Protesters targeting the painting on Tuesday called on their governments to promise to immediately terminate all new oil and gas licenses in Britain, according to a video showing the demonstration. They also called on members of the national arts agency to support “peaceful civil resistance,” Juststop Oil said in a statement.
This is the latest action in a series of other moves by the UK group. Activists from the same organization have recently glued to Glasgow paintings, Vincent van Gogh paintings in London, paintings at the Manchester Museum, and paintings at the National Gallery in London.
Six more activists from the same group were arrested last weekend after a protest on a F1 race track at the Silverstone Circuit in England, according to the BBC.
The group is looking to such public protests to pressure world leaders to keep their promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to reduce global warming. It states.
World leaders have agreed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100. Scientists say success can prevent the most devastating effects of global warming, but the world is not on track to reach that goal.
“”There is no time left to say that what we are doing is a lie. We must stop all new oil and gas right now, and as soon as the government makes a meaningful statement to do so, we will stop confusing art institutions. ” Lucy Porter, 47, a former chief teacher of Leeds who participated, said a statement from Just Stop Oil: “Until then, the turmoil has continued and young people are doing everything we can for themselves. You can know. There is nothing I want to do. ”
The Royal Academy of Arts did not immediately return NPR’s request for comment. It is unknown if the painting was damaged as a result of the demonstration.