The 17th century oil painting "Flowers" by Italian master Paolo Porpora was being displayed in Taipei, Taiwan for all to see. A 12-year-old boy, who was walking by the exhibit and listening to the tour guide, lost his balance and fell right into the 400-year-old painting.
The boy seems to stumble over the barrier and accidentally punches his hand through the canvas. The exhibition's organizer explained that the ordeal, while unfortunate, was not done purposefully.
"It was such an unusual accident. The boy was listening to the guide and wasn't looking where he was going, and tripped and smashed a hole in the artwork."
David Sun, Reuters
Sun said that the boy and his family were very remorseful about the accident. Because of their regret and the painting's insurance, the family will not face any punishment. Unfortunately, the painting was so badly damaged, that it will not likely be able to be repaired.
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Boston art museum heist
Boy ruins $1.5M painting
BOSTON - MARCH 13: An empty frame on the right is where Vermeer's 'The Concert,' circa 1658 - 166, once was. In the background, the spot where Rembrandt's 'The Storm on the Sea of Galilee' used to be. The anniversary of a major art heist is coming up. (Photo by David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 19: The front page of The Boston Globe on March 19, 1990 featured a story about the Gardner Museum art heist. (Photo by The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 10: Anthony Amore, director of security for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, gives The Boston Globe a tour of the museum, on Wednesday, March 10, 2010. The upcoming 20-year anniversary on March 18 marks the biggest art heist in history, with 13 priceless works taken by two men dressed as Boston Police officers. The museum is offering a $5 million reward and the FBI is offering immunity from prosecution and confidentiality to anyone who returns the works. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 13: Spaces for missing Rembrandt paintings: 'A Lady and Gentlemen in Black,' circa 1633, and 'The Storm on the Sea Of Galilee,' also circa 1633. The anniversary of a major heist of art masterpieces is coming up. (Photo by David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 13: An empty frame with the wallpaper showing through, where Rembrandt's 'The Storm on the Sea of Galilee,' circa 1633, once was. The anniversary of a major art heist is coming up. (Photo by David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)