The article’s title, which was copied and pasted from the NY Times, says it all. Visit the source for the video.
Boy Avoids a Fall, but Punches a Hole in a $1.5 Million Painting
By KATIE ROGERS AUG. 25, 2015
A 12-year-old in Taiwan lived out many museum-goers’ nightmare (and many parents’) when he tripped and caught his balance by punching a hole in an oil painting that is over 300 years old and valued at $1.5 million.
The video of the mishap is mostly uneventful. The boy, carrying something that looks like a canned drink, is taking a casual stroll through the exhibition when he stumbles and falls into the painting.
Then he catches his balance and quickly looks behind him to see if anyone saw him fall. Classic.
He left a fist-size hole in the right bottom corner of the canvas, Sun Chi-hsuan, a representative from the company that co-sponsored the exhibition, told reporters. He also said that the exhibition’s curator had asked that the boy not be punished for damaging the painting.
The work, “Flowers,” is by the Italian artist Paolo Porpora, who specialized in Baroque-style paintings of still-lifes. According to an art database, it is the only one of the artist’s works that is signed.
The boy, who by the mercy of the Internet gods has not yet been identified, joins an elite group of art patrons who have damaged expensive works. The most famous is probably the billionaire Steve Wynn, who once put his elbow through Picasso’s “Le Rêve.” In the end, it was repaired and sold to another billionaire for $155 million.
Perhaps “Flowers” will have a similar happy ending: A restoration specialist is already at work on repairing the painting, according to The Guardian.