Student Accidentally Punches Hole In $1.5M Painting – [VIDEO]
This is why we can't have nice things! A Taiwanese boy tripped in a museum -- and punched a hole in a $1.5m painting! Yep, he Baroque it!
It's tough enough to make sure you have enough security guarding hundreds of millions of dollars with the artwork; but how do you guard against a clumsy student? The incident, at Taipei's Huashan 1914 creative arts center and was captured on closed-circuit television footage from inside the gallery.
'Flowers,' by 17th-century Italian Baroque artist Paolo Porpora, was one of 55 pieces on display in "The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius" exhibition. It was, now it's bing repaired by the museum curators. The cost of repairs to the damaged painting would be covered by insurance, meaning the boy and his family won't be asked to pay up.
Before the show began, the curator gave its organizers special approval to allow visitors closer access to the paintings on display. Since news of the accident, visitor numbers at the show have gone up, but the restricted area in front of each painting has been enlarged to prevent further mishaps.
What's the most expensive thing you have accidentally damaged?