Who doesn’t love going on a museum and checking out expensive and old paintings? Well, not for this boy, what happened on his tour to the museum was unforgettable!
A 12-year-old Taiwanese boy tripped and punched a fist-sized hole on a $1.5M Italian renaissance painting on loan to the Taiwan museum from Italy.
The accident was caught on a CCTV while the boy was trying to listen to the guide and he wasn’t looking where he was going so he tripped and smashed the expensive artwork.
The video footage was released by the organizers of the Face of Leonardo: Images of Genius exhibition in Taipei.
In the video, you can see that the boy was at the side of the painting, holding a drink in his hand, listening to the tour guide and then lost his balance and used the wall to break his fall.
According to the organizers, the boy left a hole “the size of fist” in the bottom corner of the old painting.
“It was such an unusual accident,” said event organizer David Sun.
The boy was listening to the guide and wasn’t looking where he was going, and tripped and smashed a hole in the artwork.
We had an Italian appraiser on hand and immediately contacted the collector,
Closer look at the hole made by the boy who tripped and accidentally
punched the painting
The 350-year-old painting was made by Italian artist Paolo Porpora and is titled “Flowers”. The oil painting, standing at nearly 80 inches tall, featured flowers in a vase, which might not sound all that impressive, but its history and provenance are.
The “Flowers” painting made by Italian painter Paolo Porpora
After the accident, the painting was repaired over the weekend and is back on display.
The organizers of the exhibition didn’t want the boy to blame himself for the incident and they won’t be seeking payment from the family.
According to Sun Chi-hsuan, the organizer of the exhibit, the boy was very nervous but he’s not blamed.
The painting was a part of a private collection and it was insured.