A group of climate protesters belonging to the ‘Ultima Generazione’ (Last Generation) glued themselves to the glass protecting Sandro Botticelli ‘s Primavera (Spring) at the Uffizi’s gallery in Florence. The masterpiece remained unscathed.
Today (22nd July 2022), a group of protesters from the ‘Ultima Generazione’ (Last Generation) glued themselves to the Renaissance masterpiece by Botticelli named Primavera. They held up a banner reading ‘Ultima Generazione No Gas No Carbone’ – ‘Last Generation, No Gas, No Coal’.
As the work of art has glass protection, the Uffizi museum said there was no damage to the piece. Carabinieri police escorted three protestors, a man and two women who had paid for tickets to enter the museum, off the premises.
Series of Acts by Climate Protesters
This is the latest in a series of acts by Ultima Generazione designed to highlight the gravity of the climate crisis and demand action.
In their statement today, they asked, “Is it possible to see a spring as beautiful as this today? Fires, food crises and drought make it increasingly difficult.
We decided to use art to sound an alarm call: we are heading towards social and eco-climate collapse”.
Among their other activities were a campaign blocking traffic on Rome’s GRA motorway ring road, andchaining themselves to a parapet during a performance of Madama Butterfly at Torre del Lago, near Lucca.
Climate groups in other countries have been staging similar protests. Concerned citizens from the UK’s Just Stop Oil (JSO) group, for example, glued themselves to John Constable’s The Hay Wain at the National Gallery in London at the start of this month, reportedly causing minor damage.
Ultima Generazione said Friday that they intend to return to museums in Florence, Venice, Milan and Rome soon for further protests.