Mona Lisa attacked by woman with teacup

The Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa

PARIS, France (CNN) - Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, came under attack from a teacup, it was revealed Tuesday, but the world's most famous painting emerged with its enigmatic smile undimmed.

French police say in the recent incident, a woman "not in her senses" lobbed the mug at the 505-year-old painting, which hangs in the Louvre gallery in Paris.

The woman, a tourist, was later transferred to a psychiatric unit, a police spokesman told CNN. The spokesman declined to be identified, and did not say where the woman was from.

The Mona Lisa, considered one of the world's most valuable paintings, sits behind bulletproof glass in a special wing of the Louvre, attracting visitors in their millions.

The Italian Renaissance masterpiece, which depicts a dark-haired young woman with an aloof facial expression, has been the target of attacks in the past.

In 1956, the artwork was damaged twice. First, acid was thrown at it and then a rock was thrown in a separate incident.

In 1911 it was stolen from the Louvre, but was returned two years later.

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