“damaged painting”

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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A Miró painting accidentally damaged by a visitor cost over €250,000 to Tate

London, 10 January 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). It was recently revealed that a Joan Miró painting, damaged while on view at the Tate Modern in London in 2011, cost British taxpayers €249,415. The painting, Cell of a recluse I was damaged when a visitor placed both hands against the work to steady himself after tripping and falling at the museum. The work, a triptych on loan from the Barcelona Fundació Joan Miró, required emergency conservation work as the hands-on experience caused both marks on and dents in the canvas. To cover the cost of the repairs and projected depreciation in the work’s value as a result of the incident, the Tate Modern paid the Miró Foundation €249,107. After London, the Miró retrospective travelled to Barcelona. It ended in August 2012 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, where the damaged painting was not shown....

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