Taiwan boy who punched painting unwittingly sparks art debate

Want China Times
Date: 2015-08-29

An Italian professor of medieval art has suggested that a controversial painting on display in

Flowers by Paolo Porpora. (Photo/TST Art of Discovery Company)

Flowers by Paolo Porpora. (Photo/TST Art of Discovery Company)

Taipei has a style more typical of Mario Nuzzi than his 17th century Italian counterpart Paolo Porpora.

When asked by CNA for her opinion on the painting of flowers in a vase, Stefania Macioce of Sapienza University of Rome said the work showed the influence of the Flemish painting style, representative of Nuzzi (1603-1673), rather than Porpora’s more Baroque touch.

The painting, identified in the The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius exhibition as Flowers by Paolo Porpora (1617-1673), gained worldwide attention after a young Taiwanese boy tripped and accidently punched a hole in it on Sunday.

As the painting was being restored, questions about the painting’s origins were raised when a picture of it from a catalogue of Italian auction house Casa d’Aste Della Rocca showed it as the work of Nuzzi.

The Italian curator of the exhibition Andrea Rossi said the auction house had it wrong, but Macioce and a private collector in Naples, Achille Della Ragione, are not so sure.     [FULL  STORY]

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