Just Stop Oil activist attempts to glue own head to Girl with a Pearl Earring painting

Video published to social media shows a man placing his head against the artwork


Three Just Stop Oil activists have been arrested at the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague after one individual attempted to glue his own head to Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Video published to social media shows two men stood infront of the artwork wearing Just Stop Oil T-shirts, with one placing his head against Vermeer's painting, and the other appearing to pour soup over him.

The museum confirmed in a statement that the work is behind a glass and had not been damaged by the demonstration, saying: "Art is defenceless and the Mauritshuis strongly rejects trying to damage it for whatever purpose".

It comes after Just Stop Oil activists have sprayed paint on the facade of two luxury car showrooms in central London.

The demonstration comes as a series of protests by the group in recent weeks.
The demonstration comes as a series of protests by the group in recent weeks.

Protesters began spraying paint from a fire extinguisher over the premises of high-end dealers Ferrari and Bentley on the corner of Berkeley Square and Bruton Street at 8.30am on Wednesday.

The Metropolitan Police arrested two people on suspicion of criminal damage in relation to the protest.

The force tweeted: “Protestors have sprayed paint at the Ferrari and Bentley garages in Berkley Square at 08:39hrs.

“Met officers were rapidly on scene and at 08:46hrs, arrested two people for criminal damage.

“They have been taken into custody to a central London police station.”

It came as the campaign group continues its month-long series of protests as it calls on the Government to halt all new fossil fuel licences.

The group says police have made 585 arrests since they began their action at the beginning of October.

Seven Just Stop Oil demonstrators were arrested on Tuesday after spraying paint on to the facade of 55 Tufton Street in Westminster as it targeted the headquarters of climate sceptic think tank Global Warming Police Foundation.