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Nude performance artist arrested in France

A performance artist has been arrested after lying down naked in front of a painting of a nude woman.

Musee d’Orsay.
Musee d’Orsay. Image by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra / CC BY 2.0

An exhibition at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris featured the Edouard Manet painting Olympia, which artist Deborah De Robertis undressed in front of and assumed a similar pose to the subject. She was asked to leave by security guards and was arrested when she refused. Her lawyer said: “Putting an artist in custody sends a very bad message,” adding that it showed a “worrying judicial prudishness”. Read more: theguardian.com