*Talk about a really big oops! While on a field trip with his class at an art exhibit in Tapei, a 12-year-old boy stumbled onto a Paolo Porpora painting and punched a hole in it.
But this was no ordinary painting that could easily be replaced. No, this painting is valued at $1.5 million.
Feeling the fall coming on, as he held onto a can of soda he tried desperately to contain, the boy apparently tried to keep his balance and unwittingly used the artwork to steady himself, according to the Independent.
But unfortunately, in his attempt to prevent one disaster, he caused another.
Watch the video showing the uncomfortable moments when two women come over after they witness the accident. Thankfully, one of the women gently places a hand on the child’s shoulder and ushers him away from the disaster.
Yes, this was definitely NOT in ‘our community’. That’s all I will say.
Poor kid, even though he probably doesn’t realize the magnitude of his error, you can feel his pain. He knows it is expensive just the same.
The Porpora painting was a part of an exhibit titled “Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius,” and is an impression of flowers (See photo below).
The exhibit organizers have expressed such a kind understanding about the incident and it is reported they will not ask the family to pay for the damages.
Fortunately, as is the case with such works of art, the Porpora artwork is insured by its owner.
Check out the video report.