Climate change protesters targeted a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper at London’s Royal Academy of Arts on Tuesday, taped themselves to the painting’s frame and spray-painted “No New Oil” next to it.
The protest, organized by supporters of the Just Stop Oil action group, came a day after two activists from the group were arrested after they taped themselves to the frame of John Constable’s The Hay Wain at London’s National Gallery.
On Tuesday, five activists went into the Royal Academy and each fastened a hand to the frame of The Last Supper, a full-size copy of da Vinci’s famous 15th-century work.
The Metropolitan Police said three men and two women were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. The Royal Academy said the gallery space was closed to the public and police had been “called at the request of the protesters”.
Just Stop Oil, which is demanding that the government stop licensing new oil and gas projects, has staged a series of high-profile protests over the past week.
On Monday, two activists were arrested after covering Constable’s 1821 The Hay Wain with large sheets depicting “an apocalyptic vision of the future”. Then they both put a hand on the oil painting’s frame and protested as security guards ushered tourists and a group of schoolchildren outside.
The National Gallery said the painting’s frame suffered “minor damage” and “the surface of the varnish on the painting also suffered damage,” but both were repaired and the painting rehung.
Activists from Just Stop Oil also disrupted the British Grand Prix race on Sunday when they sat on the track during a stop at the Formula 1 race at Silverstone in southern England.
Police said six people have been charged with conspiracy to cause public nuisance at the race.
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