Date
21 July 2017
The Paolo Porpora oil painting (left) is worth US$1.5 million. A video grab shows the boy walking past the painting and tripping over. Photos: Apple Daily, chinatimes.com
The Paolo Porpora oil painting (left) is worth US$1.5 million. A video grab shows the boy walking past the painting and tripping over. Photos: Apple Daily, chinatimes.com

Taiwan boy spared cost for hole in US$1.5 mln painting

A 12-year-old Taiwanese boy who damaged a 300-year-old painting won’t have to pay for its restoration.

The boy tore a hole in the US$1.5 million Paolo Porpora oil painting and smudged it when he tripped and spilled a drink he was carrying, am730 reports.

The incident has prompted an emergency suspension of the exhibition while repairs are carried out on the 17th century artwork.

It’s part of a 54-piece display in Taiwan’s Huashan 1914 Creative Park honoring Leonardo da Vinci, the 16th century Italian master.

Sun Chi-hsuan, a spokeswoman for a co-organizer, said the damage is repairable and the cost of restoration and compensation to the owner will be borne by an insurance company.  

The exhibition features works by prominent artists from the Italian Renaissance to the 20th century.

The artworks are worth a combined NT$10 billion (US$303.88 million).

A video of the incident shows the boy carrying a drink and tripping over a rope.

The boy lurches toward the “Flowers” painting and catches the canvas with a hand as he tried to break his fall, leaving a hole the size of a fist and smudging the artwork.

He is next shown frozen and bewildered.

Some local netizens posted online messages after learning about the incident, saying the organizers were to blame for inadequate safety measures.

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