Man arrested after kicking painting

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A 21-year old man was arrested last week after kicking a hole in a painting by Ottavio Vannini. The man wandered around the Milwaukee Art Museum for 3 hours before removing his shirt, pulling The Triumph of David from the wall and kicking it several times. Security guards rushed to the scene, but not before a hole had been created in the bottom right corner of the painting. This depicts the severed head of the giant Goliath, and the man later claimed that he had been disturbed by this image.

The Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum, David Gordon, said that the damage is probably repairable, and the painting is currently undergoing assessment by the museum's conservation staff.

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