Fact Check-Photos of NATO leaders at Prado Museum altered to include different paintings

Photographs of NATO leaders at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain were digitally altered to claim they were contemplating paintings depicting skulls and figures with gas masks, which some social media users described as “satanic” art.

A tweet with altered images showing Canadian Primer Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as well as a group photo of attendees to the event has been retweeted nearly 1,600 times as of the writing of this article (here)

Other posts also include two manipulated pictures of French President Emmanuel Macron (here) (here). Examples on Facebook are viewable (here) (here).

While the photos are visibly manipulated, some social media users appear to have been duped.

“They’re showing us who they are. In our faces. And, they’re not ashamed,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Showing off their love for transhumanism and demons since that is what they are,” another one commented.

The images were captured during an event chaired by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on June 29, as part of a two-day summit of NATO leaders in the Spanish capital. A livestream of the event was posted by Reuters (here).

Trudeau’s image was captured by the AP ( He is seen standing in front of a Pedro Rubens artwork (here)

The picture of Johnson, originally standing near an equestrian portrait by Titian (here), and the two images of Macron were captured by Spanish news agency EFE. They are published by local outlets (here here) and website (here).

The group photo of attendees actually depicts them in front of Diego Velazquez’ Las Meninas (here). It can be found in Getty Images (here).

More Reuters coverage of the NATO meeting is viewable (here) (here) (here).


Altered. Photographs of NATO leaders at the Prado Museum have been digitally altered to include different paintings.

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