Vandalism at National Gallery of Art

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The FBI is called in to investigate vandalism to paintings at the National Gallery of Art. Since scratches and a puncture to a painting were first discovered on December 11, twenty-five paintings are damaged. The damage is apparently occurring only when the museum is closed to visitors.


  • United States Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • National Gallery of Art (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


John F. Berry, "National Gallery Vandal Damages 25 Works of Art," Washington Post, 17 March 1974

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


March 8, 1974


  • Art
  • History
  • Vandalism
  • Art--History
  • Art objects

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