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

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.