In the video, the boy can be seen walking past the painting with a drink in hand, before he trips and punches his fist through the work of art by Paolo Porpora. The still life entitled Flowers, is valued to be worth $1.5 million.

The accident took place at the Taipei gallery which is currently exhibiting the Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius show. Organisers of the exhibition are not demanding payment for the damage from the boy's family. Exhibition organisers told Focus Taiwan news that the painting was part of a private collection and was insured.

1024 (1) Restorer Tsai Shun-Jen
Image via TST Art of Discovery Co

1024 Damage caused to the painting
Image via TST Art of Discovery Co

Chief restorer Tsai Shun-Jen, said: "When we start working on the painting's restoration, the priority is to strengthen its structure, not retouching the paint on the damaged area.''