Man punches Monet

July 1 2012

Image of Man punches Monet

Picture: National Gallery of Ireland

Not a headline you ever want to read. At the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, a man punched a whole through Monet's 1874 Argenteuil Basin with a Sailboat. A gallery source has described the damage as 'very serious'. The puncher, who has been detained under the Mental Health Act, apparently had paint stripper in his bag.

Is it me, or are these attackes becoming more frequent? Do we need to have a collective rethink about museum security?

Update - a reader writes:

You're right about these attacks on paintings - and not just paintings. The newsreader's phrase 'stabbed by a stranger' leapt out at me last night from the telly. It sounded just like a category, and I thought how, these days, the news always contains at least one mindless unprovoked attack on a member of the public.

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