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Boy Trips in Museum, Punches Hole Through $1.5 Million Piece of Art

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By    |   Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 02:35 PM

A Taiwanese boy tripped in a museum over the weekend and tumbled into a 350-year-old painting, leaving a fist-sized hole in the $1.5 million masterpiece and sending it off to restoration experts.

The 12-year-old boy was visiting “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius” exhibition at Taipei’s Huashan 1914 Creative Park when his unfortunate encounter with Paolo Porpora’s 17th century painting, “Flowers,” was caught on video surveillance footage.

The boy, who was carrying a drink in his hand while touring the exhibit, stumbled and smashed into the painting, using his two hands to steady himself before he reeled backwards and froze, staring at the damage done to the bottom right of the painting and glancing at the people around him, according to The Guardian.

“All 55 paintings in the venue are authentic pieces and they are very rare and precious,” said a post on the exhibition’s Facebook page, according to The Guardian. “Once these works are damaged, they are permanently damaged.”

When Sun Chi-hsuan, the exhibition’s organizer, told the curator about the accident, he said that the curator was stunned.

“When I told the curator, he was so shocked that for two to three minutes he couldn't utter a single word. But he was actually most worried that the boy and his family would put too much pressure on themselves,” Sun said, according to CNN. “This is a one-off accident. I believe if viewers are placed so far away in the distance that the paintings won't be destroyed if someone stumbles, they won't be able to appreciate the paintings to the full extent.”

Andrea Rossi, the exhibition’s curator, insisted that neither the boy nor his parents be held responsible for the damage’s cost, according to The Blaze. Instead, the exhibition’s organizers plan to ask the painting’s insurance company to cover the restoration costs and compensate the artwork’s owner.

When the painting is restored, priority will be given to strengthening its fragile structure, as well as mending the torn areas on the front and back of the artwork and retouching the paint, according to The Guardian.



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