In a dramatic turn of events, law enforcement authorities apprehended two climate activists on Friday in connection with an audacious attack on a masterpiece by acclaimed French artist Edgar Degas at the prestigious National Gallery of Art in Washington. US officials revealed the startling details surrounding the incident.
According to reports, the suspects, Timothy Martin and Joanna Smith, both aged 53, willingly surrendered themselves to law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and Washington, respectively. The US Attorney’s Office confirmed their involvement in the assault, which shook the art world and outraged art enthusiasts worldwide.
The US Attorney’s statement laid out the charges against Martin and Smith, citing conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and causing damage to a prized exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. The audacious act involved defacing the Plexiglas case and base of Degas’ masterpiece, “La petite danseuse de quatorze ans” (“Little Dancer, Age Fourteen”), by smearing paint on it.
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The assault, which occurred in April, was allegedly orchestrated by a group calling themselves “Declare Emergency.” Known for their disruptive tactics, this group has previously made headlines by staging road blockades in the Washington area to raise awareness about climate-related concerns.
The incident has sparked widespread condemnation from art lovers and activists alike. The National Gallery of Art, a symbol of artistic excellence and cultural heritage, remains committed to preserving and protecting invaluable artworks for future generations.
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