Following the dramatic events of the Monet painting punch, comes another unfortunate incident regarding a rare and extremely valuable work of art. This time, the painting in question is a 350-year-old Paolo Porpora oil painting and the assailant is a 12-year-old Taiwanese boy. 

The incident took place at Taipei's Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius exhibition, and unlike the Monet assault, this damage was purely accidental. Thankfully no charges have been brought against the boy's family, who would undoubtedly struggle to foot the bill for the restoration of the $1.5 million artwork.

The video below shows that the incident is clearly an accident, and the privately owned painting is fully insured. However, restorers will have their work cut out for them if they are to bring the painting back to its former glory. 

Paolo Porpora's 'Flowers'