A woman has been arrested after stripping naked to recreate a painting in a Paris museum.
Deborah de Robertis, from Luxembourg, undressed and took on the pose of Olympia, the prostitute in Eduoard Manet’s painting of the same name at the Musee d’Orsay, reports the Daily Mail.
Visitors were enjoying an exhibition entitled Splendour and Misery: Images of Prostitution 1850-1910, when the artist decided to give them a real-life show.
Museum security closed the room and asked her to get dressed, but Ms De Robertis refused – the police were called and she was arrested for indecent exposure.
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The artist’s lawyer, Tewfik Bouzenoune said:
She was wearing a portable camera to film the public’s reaction. It was an artistic performance. Putting an artist in custody sends a very bad message.
A spokeswoman for the museum said:
There were many people in front of the painting. Security guards responded well, they closed the room and asked her to get dressed. As she refused, the police were called and removed her.
Ms De Robertis has been remanded in custody and referred to the Paris public prosecutor, who will make a decision on possible legal action.
The painting itself has was considered controversial in the past – the ‘realist’ depiction of a naked woman staring directly at the viewer created public uproar when it was first shown in 1865.
However Ms De Robertis’s naked display was a little too real for the Musee d’Orsay tastes, and not for the first time.
In May 2014, she exposed herself in front of Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World painting to reproduce the close-up image of a woman’s genitals.