Kid Trips in Museum and Breaks Fall on Old Painting Worth $1.5 million
If you are having a bad day, watch this kid trip in museum and break fall on old painting worth $1.5 million.
This will surely put a smile on someone’s face or will make an art lover cry. The 12-year-old Taiwanese boy tripped and had the bad luck to break his fall in a $1.5 million painting.
We can’t help it but put ourselves in his shoes, and imagining how much of a bad day he had when smashing a hole in an old painting.
He must have been devastated knowing that he has destroyed such paint.
Who painted the damaged $1.5 million paint?
Exhibition organizers said that the painting was 350-year-old Paolo Porpora oil on canvas work called Flowers.
Paolo Porpora was an Italian painter of the late-Baroque, and specialized in floral still lives. Porpora was born in Naples but moved to Rome, where he worked for the Chigi family.
The Web Gallery of Art, a database of European fine art, said Flowers was the only Porpora work that is signed and was painted in about 1660.
In the footage released by the organizers of the Face of Leonardo museum shows the boy, in shorts, trainers, a blue Puma T-Shirt and holding a drink, walk past the still life, tripping and stumbling over.
Then he looks up at the canvas and freezes, looking around at other people in the room and checking if anyone has seen him.
What will happen next with the kid?
Luckily for the boy’s family, the organizers will not make them pay for the restoration costs. The exhibition organizer, Sun Chi-hsuan, said the boy was very nervous but should not be blamed.
The painting, part of a private collection, was insured.
“The painting’s bottom right is damaged,” Sun later told reporters. “The boy’s hand made contact with the artwork and left a hole the size of a fist.”
The exhibition, which also includes portraits of Leonardo, shows 55 paintings in Taiwan “gathered from the finest art collectors in the world”, according to the organisers.
“All 55 paintings in the venue are authentic pieces and they are very rare and precious,” a post on the exhibition’s Facebook page said. “Once these works are damaged, they are permanently damaged.”
The damaged work, 200cm tall, depicts flowers in a vase.
Tsai Shun-Jen, the chief conservator, said the painting was very fragile due to its age. “When we start working on the painting’s restoration, the priority is to strengthen its structure, not retouching the paint on the damaged area,” he said.
This is not the first time an object from a museum is damaged. In 2006 a man tripped over his shoelace and smashed 300-year-old Chinese vases.
In 2010, a woman at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art fell into a Picasso, causing a 15cm tear.
In 2012, a Dublin man was given a six-year prison sentence for damaging a Monet painting in Ireland estimated to be worth €10 million (£7m).
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