Boy accidentally punches hole in £950,000 painting

The Taiwanese boy tripped and fell into the 350-year-old work of art

Boy 'Punches Hole' In £950K Painting

Sometimes it can be a struggle to keep kids from touching the paintings when walking around an art gallery, but this footage shows something a little different.

This Taiwanese boy appears to be following a tour around the gallery and when the group begins to move on to the next piece of art, something terrible happens.

The boy seems to trip over the corner of the barrier protecting the 350-year-old oil on canvas painting 'Flowers' by Paolo Porpora.

But that's not the worst of it, instinct kicks in and the boy throws his arms out in front of himself to break his fall.

Unfortunately, this results in him pushing his fists through the £950,000 work of art.

According to the Guardian, the CCTV footage was released by the team who organised Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius exhibition at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei.

It has also been reported that the young man's family will not be asked to foot the bill for the restoration as the painting was insured.

The exhibition was temporarily closed after the incident but quickly reopened to the public.

It is hoped that the painting will be restored in Taiwan before being returned to Italy.

Last year a French polisher was sentenced to six years in prison after punching a hole in a 1874 painting by iconic artist Claude Monet.

Andrew Shannon was found guilty of deliberately damaging 'Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sail Boat' which is reported to be worth £8 million.

Not only was the man sent to prison, on release he will be banned from going into any galleries where paintings are publicly displayed.

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