Portrait of 17th century man with ruff collar is ruined by a dark liquid dripping from face.

365 Days of Art: August 24 – Serial Art Attacker Strikes Rubens Portrait with Acid

Portrait of 17th century man with ruff collar is ruined by a dark liquid dripping from face.
Portrait of Archduke Albrecht, Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1619

August 24, 1977

Hans-Joachim Bohlmann, serial art attacker, damages the painting Archduke Albrecht by Rubens by assaulting it with acid. Still in the beginning of this career, he nevertheless starts out in a prolific way. A psychologist would have some fun noting that almost all of Bohlmann’s attacks are on the face and especially the eyes.

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