Boy punches hole in 17th century Italian masterpiece

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By Euronews
Boy punches hole in 17th century Italian masterpiece

<p>This is the moment a 12-year-old boy trips and puts a fist through a 350-year-old painting valued at more than US$ 1.5 million (1.3million euros).</p> <p>The boy was visiting “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius” exhibition at Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Tapei, Taiwan.</p> <p>The video, released by the organisers, shows the youth sauntering past the painting while holding a drink. As he approaches the work, he stumbles and stretches out his hand to break his fall, with his left fist going through the canvass. </p> <p>He looks up, freezes, then turns around looking at the other people in the room.</p> <p>Organisers of the exhibition say the boy will not be blamed and the family not asked to pay for the restoration.</p> <p>The painting is to be repaired by a Taiwanese art restorer before being shipped back to Italy.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/312238/560x393_painting-hole111.jpg"/></p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/312238/560x365_painting-restoration111.jpg"></p>