Boy trips at museum, punching hole in 350-year-old million-dollar painting

By Maria Kyriacou

"Flowers" as it appeared prior to the disaster
Image: TST Art of Discovery
"Flowers" as it appeared prior to the disaster Image: TST Art of Discovery
This is the stuff of slapstick nightmares! The look on the poor boy's face after he destroys the Baroque artwork says it all.

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. 

https://youtu.be/Nqv2zgSM7eY

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!

"Flowers" as it appeared prior to the disaster Image: TST Art of Discovery
“Flowers” as it appeared prior to the disaster
Image: TST Art of Discovery

Have you ever had a mishap at an Art Gallery or Museum? 

 

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