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A 12-year-old boy accidentally punched a hole through a $1.5 million centuries-old Italian oil painting when he tripped and fell into the piece during an exhibition in Taiwan.

The painting, entitled “Flowers” by Italian artist Paolo Porpora, dates back to the 1600s and is part of a collection of 55 artworks on show in the country’s capital.

Video footage released by the organizers shows the boy on Sunday trip over a platform in front of the artwork and then brace himself against the painting to break his fall. He then looks around helplessly before walking away.

“The child fell and pressed onto the painting, putting a fist-sized tear in it,” an employee at TST Art of Discovery, which organised The Face of Leonardo exhibition in Taipei, told AFP.

The organizers have decided not to seek damages from the boy’s family, according to China News Agency. The painting was restored on site Monday and is now back on exhibition. (AFP)