CCTV recently captured a Taiwanese boy tripping fist-first into a £1million painting at an art gallery in Taipei. The 12-year-old stumbled over the rope barrier separating visitors from the 17th-century oil painting, and as he is catching his balance, he ends up punching a hole in the canvas.
The artwork, by Italian painter Paolo Porpora, has been valued at over NT$50 million (£1million). The incident took place at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park ,during an exhibition called ‘The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius’, in the Taiwanese capital this weekend.
According to representatives for the gallery, the boy was not watching his step as he was concentrating on a guided tour. The oil work suffered a tear in the canvas and will be restored in Taiwan before being taken back to Italy, according to FocusTaiwan.
Fortunately for the boy (and his parents), the gallery has said it will ask its insurance company to cover the costs of restoring the painting and to compensate the owner.