Who could have imagined that a chance stumbling would have cause a 1,5 million dollars damage. Unfortunately this is what happened in Taipei where a 12-year-old boy on a visit to a museum, after having lost balance, has helped himself instinctively against the nearest wall, so as to avoid falling down. But instead of the wall, his hand has landed on a precious painting exposed in the exposition room and has ripped it.
The painting is “Flowers” by Paolo Porpora, dating back to the 7th century. According the organizers of the exposition there are little chances for it to be fixed. Porpora’s still-life painting is part of a private collection and it is exhibited together with other 55 works at the Taipei Tst Art of Discovery. Belonging to a private collection, it is insured and exhibition organizers and owners decided not to ask the family of the boy to pay for the damage. A misadventure that could have been worse, in fact in the exhibition there is also a Leonardo da Vinci self-portrait worth 231 million dollars.
A video shot by the security cameras of the museum registered the entire scene and shows the unlucky boy losing his balance and falling onto the precious painting. Needless to say that the misadventure went viral straight away.