The worst nightmare of any art museum curator was realized this last Sunday as a clumsy chubby Taiwanese boy tripped on his own feet and punched a hole in an extremely valuable Paolo Porpora painting at a Taipei exhibition.
The boy was holding a soft drink can in his hand and used that hand to catch his balance on the artwork, according to the surveillance tape provided by the organizers on Monday.
The 12-year-old boy’s family were not asked to pay for the cost of restoring the damaged painting, displayed as part of “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius” exhibition at Huashan 1914 Creative Park.
“There is nothing to respond to. Of course they are different,” he was quoted in Focus Taiwan news.
The Guardian reported that this artwork, Flowers, was the only signed Porpora work, painted in about 1660. Napoli born Porpora worked for the Chigi family in Rome, Italy.
Tsai Shun-Jen, the chief conservator, said the painting was very fragile due to its age. “When we start working on the painting’s restoration, the priority is to strengthen its structure, not retouching the paint on the damaged area,” he said.
Watch the video and tell us, was the artwork properly positioned and placed for a public showing? From the angle it looks to be too close to the public.