12-Year-Boy Trips And Punches Hole In $1.5 Million Painting From 17th Century

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This Sunday in Tapei a 12-year-old boy tripped and punched a hole through a 17th century painting valued $1.5 million dollars. The boy was on a guided tour of “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius” exhibit at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park.

“This is just a simple accident please don’t blame a 12 year-old child,” TST wrote on Facebook. Insurance will cover the restoration costs, which are being done in Taiwan before the painting is sent back to Italy.

More info: Facebook (h/t: focustaiwan, theguardian)

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“Once these works are damaged, they are permanently damaged,” says the exhibition’s Facebook page
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“The boy’s hand made contact with the artwork and left a hole the size of a fist”
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“The painting’s bottom right is damaged”
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“When we start working on the painting’s restoration, the priority is to strengthen its structure”
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“not retouching the paint on the damaged area”
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“This is just a simple accident please don’t blame a 12 year-old child”
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Insurance will cover the restoration costs before the piece is shipped back to Italy