Thursday, April 05, 2007


A 22-year old man with a history of mental illness put his foot through a $300,000 Old Master painting yesterday at the Milwaukee Art Museum because the image, of Goliath's severed head, "disturbed" him. The 1640 painting, "The Triumph of David" by Ottavio Vannini, was on loan to the museum from the Haukohl Family Collection. The director of the museum says its insurance company has been contacted and the painting will be examined by conservators to determine the best course of action. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more here.