A man in his 20s has been charged in Cork, after soup was thrown at artwork at the Crawford Art Gallery in the city.

The artwork, a drawing of a skeletal figure by the artist George Atkinson, was glazed and did not sustain any long-term damage.

It was on display in the Modern Gallery on the top floor of the Crawford Art Gallery when the incident happened at around 5pm yesterday.

Crawford Art Gallery said the man was detained until gardaí arrived.

No motivation for the attack has been expressed (Image: Crawford Art Gallery)

Gardaí say the man was arrested and detained and brought to Bridewell Garda Station. He has since been charged and is due before Cork District Court on 23 November.

Crawford Art Gallery said an extensive clean-up of the George Atkinson work, entitled Anatomical Study, and the wall around it was required.

In a statement this evening, the gallery said that the drawing is now back on display and will be incorporated into the gallery's free Sunday and Thursday tours over the coming weeks.

The motivation for the attack is not known, and no motivation was expressed to staff at the gallery.

It is hoped the work will be back on display later (Image: Crawford Art Gallery)

Crawford Art Gallery remained open during the incident. The Modern Gallery on the top floor was closed for a short time, but has since reopened.

A number of tours were facilitated at the gallery last evening, after the incident had taken place.

Gallery Director Mary McCarthy said: "The Crawford Art Gallery remains committed to keeping the gallery open and accessible to all our audiences, seven days a week."

She added: "We would like to assure the public and our visitors that we continue to remain vigilant and to look after the artworks of the National Collection in our care. We will work quickly to have the work back on display."