By: Christie Chen
Taipei, Aug. 24 (CNA) The co-organizer of the “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a
Genius” exhibition on Monday rejected suspicions that it misidentified the painter of the artwork damaged by a Taiwanese boy on Sunday.
TST Art of Discovery Co. (京銓藝術) released a surveillance tape earlier on Monday, showing that the 12-year-old boy tripped over a rope barrier post while walking near a painting, which organizers identified as “Flowers” by Italian painter Paolo Porpora (1617-1673).
The boy’s tumble left a hole the size of a fist in the painting, and it was being restored on the spot as of Monday evening.
Organizers said the 200-centimeter tall painting was valued at over NT$50 million (US$1.5 million). [FULL STORY]