The Gauguin painting Two Tahitian Women (NSFW, painted breasts), on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the National Gallery, came under attack by a patron on Friday afternoon. The post-impressionist work was protected by a plexiglas case which the attacker attempted to rip from the wall, and then banged on with her fists.
The Gallery has not identified the attacker, except by her gender, and she did appear in court on Saturday related to the incident. The painting is part of an on-going exhibit at NGA called Gauguin: Maker of Myth, which runs through early June. The painting has been removed to the conservation room to inspect its surface with a microscope for damage and may remain out of the exhibit for a period.