On Wednesday night (June 1), a 21-year-old man stormed into the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas, smashing precious artworks, including three ancient Greek antiquities. Damages are anticipated to be in the millions of dollars (€4.7 million).
At around 21:45 local time on Wednesday, the man, identified as Brian Hernandez, forcibly entered the museum by shattering one of the windows with a metal chair. According to authorities, he then proceeded to break display cases and their millennia-old contents.
According to the arrest warrant, Hernandez was unarmed and defended himself by saying “he became upset with his girl so he broke in and started damaging everything.”
According to a public statement from the museum, the intention of the crime was “not theft of art or any goods on view.”
The ramage claimed the lives of a 6th century B.C. Greek amphora known as the ‘Black-Figure Panel Amphora,’ and a 450 B.C. Greek pot is known as the ‘Red-Figure Pyxis 450 B.C.’ Those two pieces were worth a total of $5 million.
Other losses include a $100,000 6th century pottery cup called ‘Kylix Herakles with Nemeon Lion,’ and a $10,000 Caddo figurine called ‘Batah Kuhuh Alligator Gar Fish.’
Hernandez is accused of destroying two display cases containing the objects with a stool, according to police.
According to NBC 5, “the objects within the exhibit cases that were damaged are rare antique treasures that are incredibly valuable and one of a kind.”
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Hernandez faces a charge of criminal mischief, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail.
The act occurred only three days after a guy dressed as an “old woman” in a wheelchair hurled cake at the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The attack did not harm Da Vinci’s masterpiece, but it did leave a smear of white cream on the bulletproof glass.
The Mona Lisa, arguably the world’s most famous painting, has been preserved behind safety glass since it was damaged in the early 1950s by a visitor who poured acid on it.