The Irish Times has reported that on Friday between 11:30 and noon a man punched a large hole it the National Gallery of Ireland’s only Monet, Argenteuil Basin with a Single
Sailboat painted in 1874. The Times writes,
A large hole was made in the 1874 painting, Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat, when a man lunged at it in the gallery between 11.30am and noon. The man then fell to the ground, telling security guards he had chest pains. He was taken to hospital by ambulance and was discharged after being assessed.
The accused man, Andrew Shannon (47) of Willan’s Way, Ongar, Dublin has also been accused of trespassing and attempted theft at a house on Merrion Square, in central Dublin, on February 24th. Conservators are still trying to assess the extent of the damage and police are still looking for eyewitnesses as well as reviewing cctv footage that they believe captured the incident.