This week, a 12-year-old Taiwanese boy tripped on a museum display and accidently punched a hole in a $1.5 350-year-old painting. Flowers, by Paolo Porpora, is part of a traveling exhibition called “Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius”. No charges have been filed, yet.
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The way I understood it, they’ve already repaired the painting. And they chose not to file charges on the boy and his family.
There was also some talk of whether the painting is actually a fake as it would make little sense to expose the painting to the temperature and humidity changes of the venue.
There seems to be something fishy about that rapid repair job on the supposedly valuable painting. Maybe it was just a copy after all. But I still would like to know why the kid was wandering around the exhibition with a drink in his hand.
I can barely watch this, it’s so cringe-worthy! I’m glad they’re not charging the boy or his family, though; it was clearly such an embarrassing accident.