Too bad this marble statue at the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, did not suddenly come to life
to knock some sense into the person or persons who vandalized it with “red lipstick“. It’s actually red paint and perhaps the vandals thought it would be funny to damage a centuries-old work of art that has survived all manner of weather and wars. But I didn’t see anybody laughing. If anything, several people who stopped to have a look were pretty upset at such an act of utter disrespect and disregard. Anyway, the journalist in me sprung forth again and I did a quick search for “red lipstick on statue” thinking perhaps this was some sort of global political statement or international urban warfare against whatever that I might have missed. But I came up with nothing.
Perhaps a simple act of vandalism?
Chemical analysis has concluded that Red lipstick once shimmered on the lips of the 2,000-year-old marble statue Venus de’ Medici, a life-size representation of the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite. Perhaps the pranksters in Vienna know their art history and decided that the sculpture on the grounds of the palace would be more historically accurate with red lips. Whatever. I also saw some posts on Google inquiring about red lips on the Statue of Liberty in New York, but as some responded, there are no red lips on Miss Liberty.
Well, if anybody has some explanation about this red lipstick thing – I would sure love to hear it. I would love to hear your thoughts anyway, whatever they might be.
- Spend a Day at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna: A Tourist Hotspot and Beautiful Getaway (jetsettimes.com)
- Palaces, the Opera, and Viennese Food – Vienna, Austria (travelpod.com)