The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: Jefferson Siegel

Man Defaces Painting at Metropolitan Museum

Just after 5 PM on Thursday, April 20, a man vandalized a student’s painting on view in the education center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Daily News reports.

Thirty-three-year-old Ryan Watson used a blue marker to write “Nazi art” on a work on display and then yelled, “Go back to your country,” after he was approached by a security guard. Museum staff called the police, who arrested Watson and charged him with graffiti and criminal mischief.

Met spokeswoman Annie Bailis said that every effort is being made to restore the piece, which is featured in the museum’s “Scholastic Art and Writing Awards” exhibit. She added, “The Met is grateful for the quick and effective action taken by security officers and the NYPD on this unfortunate incident.”