Taiwanese boy accidentally punches hole through 350-year-old painting

On 23 August 2015 a 12-year-old boy had a nightmare visit to the exhibition “Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius” in Taipei, Taiwan, when he tripped and punched a hole in a 17th century painting. The oil painting by the Italian artist Paolo Porpora was entitled Flowers and was valued at $1.5 million. In footage which was released by the museum, the boy is seen holding a drink in his right hand as he wanders around the exhibition. Not seeing a protection rope, he trips and attempts to use the wall to regain his balance, only to come to the horrifying realisation that he has in fact used one of the exhibits. Sun Chi-hsuan, the curator of the exhibition, confirmed that the boy’s family would not have to pay for the damages, stating that the painting was insured. “The painting’s bottom right is damaged. The boy’s hand made contact with the artwork and left a hole the size of a fist,” Sun commented. This is not the first time artworks have been accidentally damaged by the public. In 2006 a man knocked over three 18th century Chinese Vases in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, and in 2006 the casino magnate Steve Wynn elbowed his way through a Picasso, which he still managed to sell for $155 million at auction in...

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American tourist breaks statue’s finger in Florence

Florence, 9 August 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). At the beginning of August, an American tourist visiting Florence’s Museo dell’Opera del Duomo accidentally broke the finger of a statue created by Giovanni d’Ambrogio, dating back to the 14th century. Sources say that the tourist decided to measure the size of the statue’s little fingure, having been intrigued by its size. Just before the unfortunate event, one of the museum’s security guards caught the tourist handling the work, however did not intervene quickly enough. The Corriere della Sera reported that the museum’s staff did their best to try and catch the finger, preventing it from falling and breaking on the floor. Meanwhile the tourist had tried to hide himself in crowds, but was spotted and eventually apologised for his actions. The director of the museum, Timothy Verdun – an American himself – explained that the broken finger was not the statue’s original. He added, however: “In a globalized world like ours, the fundamental rules for visiting a museum have been forgotten, that is, ‘Do not touch the...

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