Man Goes To Jail For Punching a Hole in 10 Million Monet Painting

  • Posted 44 months Ago

A man has just been sentenced to five years in prison after punching a hole through a Claude Monet masterpiece worth 10 million at the National Gallery of Ireland. The incident happened back in 2012, when the 49-year-old thought it might be a good idea to attack the painting, entitled "Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat", ramming his fist right through the canvas and leaving a large hole in the left corner.

When speaking to the authorities, he said the attack was a way of getting "back at the state", however, during trial he retracted that statement and said it was an accident - he apparently felt faint and fell into the artwork. After watching security footage, the members of the jury found him guilty of intentional attack.

After his release, the man won't be allowed inside any galleries for 15 months.

Luckily, the National Gallery of Ireland were able to repair the piece (at the cost of a "five figure sum"). You can see how they did it here.

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