- The Washington Times - Monday, April 4, 2011

Conservators from the National Gallery of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art said Monday that a Paul Gauguin painting sustained no damage after a woman hit the plexiglass covering the painting.

Authorities say the woman attempted to pull the painting, “Two Tahitian Women,” from the wall on Friday at about 4:45 p.m.

A gallery security officer who was stationed nearby was the first to reach the woman. He restrained and detained her, and she was later charged with destruction of property and attempted theft.

The painting is on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It was removed and taken to the gallery’s conservation lab for in-depth examination by conservators from both museums.

Officials said the painting will go back on public view on Tuesday morning.



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