Dallas police have released to The Dallas Morning News photos of the scene at the Dallas Museum of Art last June, when a man allegedly broke into the building and caused widespread damage to property including several works of art.
The photos offer a look at the extent of the damage to three ancient Greek artifacts housed on the museum’s second floor and a contemporary piece included in an exhibition of Native American art. Police released hundreds images in response to a public records request.
A third-party review of security measures that the museum launched after the incident is still in progress. DMA officials plan to share details from the review next month.
“The DMA has received tremendous support from the City of Dallas, the Dallas Police Department, Dallas City Council Member Paul Ridley, Museum members and fans, and the arts community,” the museum said Thursday. “The DMA is committed to protecting the art in our care and has already made some significant changes to security. We continue to work closely with security experts at Chameleon Associates and with the City of Dallas to make further critical improvements.”
Photos: Man breaks into Dallas Museum of Art and damages ancient artifacts
[39/39] Hernandez was indicted on Aug. 18. He remains in jail, awaiting his next court appearance.
(Dallas Police Department)[1/39] The outside of this kylix, the standard Greek vessel for wine drinking, features Hercules fighting the Nemean lion, a mythical beast with fur impervious to human weapons. Dated between 550-530 B.C., it rested in a display case that Hernandez allegedly shattered.(Dallas Police Department)[2/39] A padlock chains the door handles at the museum’s front entrance on Flora Street, where Hernandez allegedly broke in.
(Dallas Police Department)[3/39] Brian Hernandez, 21, was arrested at the museum on June 1 and charged with criminal mischief of $300,000 or more, a first-degree felony.
(Dallas Police Department)[4/39] Police said the vandal used a stanchion to shatter four display cases in the museum’s third-floor decorative arts and design gallery.(Dallas Police Department)[5/39] Police said the vandal used a stanchion to shatter four display cases in the museum’s third-floor …….