CRIMES AGAINST ART, part 2: MARY RICHARDSON
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Mary Richardson, an early 20th century suffragette, believed that for a painting to be beautiful, it also had to reflect justice. "Justice," she said, "is an element of beauty as much as colour and outline on canvas." Richardson felt that this painting of Venus by the great Spanish artist Diego Velazquez lacked justice.
She didn't like "the way men visitors gaped at it all day long." To make the picture more just, she attacked it with a meat cleaver.
Richardson was upset because her fellow suffragette, Emmeline Pankhurst, who used arson and explosives to win women's rights in England, had...
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