A visitor to the Louvre Museum in Paris gave a whole new meaning to the expression “mug shot” when she flung a ceramic beaker into the enigmatic face of the Mona Lisa last week.

Mug missile wipes the smile off Mona Lisa’s face

A visitor to the Louvre Museum in Paris gave a whole new meaning to the expression “mug shot” when she flung a ceramic beaker into the enigmatic face of the Mona Lisa last week.

Mug missile wipes the smile off Mona Lisa’s face

Fortunately, Leonardo da Vinci’s 500-year-old masterpiece was undamaged as the mug shattered against the bullet-proof glass protecting the portrait.

The offending mug was reportedly made in England, but Louvre staff did not reveal the name of the manufacturer.

The owner of the mug, a Russian woman, was said to be upset over her failure to be granted French citizenship. She was taken away for psychiatric tests but was later released.

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