Vandalism

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‘Blasphemous’ painting of Jesus slashed, artist attacked at exhibition in Italian church

A petition calling for the removal of Andrea Saltini’s painting, which appears to depict the lifeless figure of Jesus receiving oral sex, garnered more than 30,000 signatures

Police investigating Pro-Palestine protesters’ vandalism of painting at Cambridge University

A pair of activists sprayed and slashed the work depicting Arthur Balfour, whose 1917 letter advocated the creation of a ‘national home for the Jewish people’ in Palestine

Stalin religious icon splattered with paint in Georgia

The work in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi depicts St Matrona of Moscow, a visionary and healer, blessing the Soviet dictator

Caught red-handed: climate activist pleads guilty to defacing Degas exhibit at National Gallery of Art

Joanna Smith faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine

Michelangelo Pistoletto donates new version of public installation to Naples following arson attack

The original version of the artist's Venus of the Rags was set alight only two weeks after being installed outside the city's town hall

Two German tourists arrested for allegedly defacing Vasari Corridor in Florence

The characters DKS1860—referring to the football team 1860 Munich—were spray-painted on seven outdoor columns under the famous Italian landmark

Man arrested in connection with Pistoletto suspected arson attack

A sculpture by Michelangelo Pistoletto was destroyed by fire in Naples on Wednesday

Monet painting attacked with red paint and glue in Stockholm is undamaged, Nationalmuseum says

The museum is in contact with the owner, Musée d’Orsay, about reinstalling Le jardin de l’artiste à Giverny in its exhibition

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Twitter titters at vandalised Roman sitter—was it a child who did it?

A 230-year-old statue of a water nymph was scrawled over in blue ink

Climate protestors attack Degas sculpture at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

A man and a woman have daubed red and black paint on the display case containing 'Little Dancer'

‘The value of what was destroyed is incalculable’: Brazilian authorities assess artworks damaged by rioting Bolsonaro supporters

An extensive report chronicles the state of objects in the national collection following the riot in Brasília on 8 January

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Vincent’s best-loved paintings are singled out by climate protestors

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Two men sentenced to prison time for vandalising Nevada petroglyphs

The White River Narrows, located around two hours north of Las Vegas, is known for its various petroglyph galleries that date back around 4,000 years

Man arrested after attacking ancient sculptures at Vatican Museums in Italy

The 65-year-old tourist reportedly told museum staff he wanted to see the Pope before throwing the Roman busts to the ground

Russian guard who doodled eyes on $1m painting sentenced as scrutiny of museum intensifies

Aleksandr Vasiliev had used a ballpoint pen to draw eyes on the stylised figures in a painting by avant-garde artist Anna Leporskaya

Ancient ‘Hellgate’ pictographs irreparably vandalised in Montana

The pictographs are nominated for listing in the US National Register of Historic Places

Roadside sculpture in Georgia—which some believed to be a satanic monument—demolished following early-morning bombing

The 16ft-tall structure, sometimes referred to as "America’s Stonehenge", was built in 1980 and inscribed with a ten-part message that may have been meant to help survivors of an apocalyptic event rebuild society

Texas man, mad at his girlfriend, breaks into Dallas Museum of Art and wrecks works

The man destroyed three ancient Greek vessels, a Caddo sculpture and several other objects

Mona Lisa smeared with cake by man ‘dressed as old lady in wheelchair’

"There are people who are destroying the planet, that's why I did it," the vandal said

Ilya Repin's chilling painting of Ivan the Terrible—vandalised in 2018 by a drunk man with a metal pole—goes back on show at Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery

The work was temporarily rehung for press, but the public will have to wait until a bulletproof "protective capsule" can be installed

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Russian guard who doodled on $1m painting speaks out: ‘I’m a fool, what have I done!’

The 63-year-old injured war veteran spoke to Russian news outlet E1, which describes the incident as a tragedy not a comedy

Russian gallery guard charged after drawing eyes on avant-garde painting with ballpoint pen

Work by Anna Leporskaya from the 1930s is undergoing restoration after "lapse in sanity" by museum employee during first day on the job

Man arrested for attacking sculpture by paedophile artist Eric Gill outside BBC Broadcasting House in London

Campaigners have called for the removal of the statue for decades, which they say is “a monument to paedophilia”, but the BBC says it will stay

Ancient petroglyph panel in Texas permanently damaged after vandals scratch their names into rock

The National Park Service has issued an open call for information leading to the persons involved in the incident

Kansas University restores Indigenous exhibition after vandalism

Indigenous people proclaiming their own culture and history "makes some non-Natives nervous", says the artist Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds

'Gormley would have liked it': Man who graffitied sculpture cleared in court of criminal damage

Clasp statue at Newcastle University was defaced in May 2019 and again earlier this year

Another ancient petroglyph panel has been vandalised in Utah

The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible