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Drunk on Vodka' a man attacks Russia's historic artwork 'Ivan the Terrible' painting with a pole in Moscow

Updated On 28 May, 2018 Published On

Drunk on vodka, a man attacked one of Russia's historic paintings, 'Ivan the Terrible' painting, with a pole, badly damaging the artwork.

The painting is of the Grand Prince of Moscow, Ivan the Terrible and his son Ivan on November 16, 1581, which was painted by Ilya Repin in 1885. Ilya Repin was a Ukraine artist. Barge Hauler on the Volga (1873), Reply f the Zaporozhian Cossacks (1891) and Sadko (1876) are some of Ilya Regin's artwork.

Ivan the Terrible is one of Russia's most famous 19th-century arts, housed at the Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushinsky Ln, 10, Moscow. The artwork depicts Ivan the Terrible consoling his son after he was subjected to a mortal blow.

VIDEO: Drunk on vodka, a man damages one of Russia's historic painting 'Ivan the Terrible'

The man to damage the artwork was one of the last visitors to the museum, entering the museum just before the museum close, reports Tretyakov Gallery.

The picture is badly damaged. The canvas was broken in three places in the central part of the image on the figure of the prince. The artist's original frame was badly damaged by falling glass.

reads the museum's statement.

Armed with a pole from one of the painting barries, the 37-year old man struck the glass case protecting the piece several items.

VIDEO: Drunk man to vandalized 'Ivan the Terrible' held by police

The painting, except the face and hand of Ivan and his son, have been badly damaged. Museum employees held the man before he could do any more damage to the gallery. The employees then handed him to police, according to the Gallery.

Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesman Irina Volk confirmed the incident, saying,

a man had been arrested in connection with the defacing of the painting. He has been charged with damage or destruction of an object of cultural heritage.

Police footage of the unnamed suspect, who said he decided to attack the artwork after smashing the bottle into the gallery's buffet - was shown by State Television.

I wanted to leave, but then dropped into the buffet and drank 100 grams of vodka.

said the suspect.

I don't drink vodka and became overwhelmed by something

Museum hopes to restore the piece.