Taiwanese Boy Accidently Ruins $1.5m Painting
A 12-year-old boy from Taiwan fell and punched an old painting exhibited in a local museum after tripping in front of it, causing a fist-sized puncture at the bottom right.
The damaged canvas is of a 350-year-old flower painting by Italian artist Paolo Porpora, the exhibition organizers said.
The boy’s family will not be held financially responsible for restoring the painting, according to Focus Taiwan news. Organizers said the painting was insured and the boy should not be blamed.
Although fragile due to its age, the 1.5-million-dollar painting can be fixed, renowned restorer Tsai Shun said after reviewing the hole.
The painting is one of 55 rare artworks taken from many premium art collectors in the world and displayed in Taipei, the Taiwanese capital.