Pity the poor 13-year-old Taiwanese boy who slipped, and pushed his hand into a $1,500,00 painting. The destroyed 350-year-old artwork, by Paolo Porpora was part of a Taipei art exhibition.
The boy’s clumsiness is all of our worst nightmares realised, stumbling over the artwork’s protective barrier with a drink in hand. The Baroque painting was accidentally destroyed during the “Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius,” exhibition at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei.
Painted around 1660, “Flowers” was the only painting signed by Porpora, who specialized in floral still life art. There’s no doubt they’ll be installing more secure barriers to protect the 55 other for the remaining time “very rare and precious” paintings being showcased as part of the exhibit!
Have you ever had a mishap at an Art Gallery or Museum?