If you’ve ever been to a museum with a child, this video probably represents your worst nightmare:
It shows a 12-year-old boy in Taiwan trip and stumble onto a 350-year-old Paolo Porpora oil on canvas painting called Flowers. The boy ripped a fist-sized hole in the painting, which is valued at $1.5 million.
Luckily, The Guardian reports:
“The organizers will not ask the boy’s family to pay for the restoration costs, according to Focus Taiwan news. It said the exhibition organizer, Sun Chi-hsuan, said the boy was very nervous but should not be blamed and the painting, part of a private collection, was insured. …
“The exhibition, which also includes portraits of Leonardo, shows 55 paintings in Taiwan ‘gathered from the finest art collectors in the world’, according to the organizers.
” ‘All 55 paintings in the venue are authentic pieces and they are very rare and precious,’ a post on the exhibition’s Facebook page said. ‘Once these works are damaged, they are permanently damaged.’ ”
We’d like to remind the boy that sometimes accidents turn out fortuitous.