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When Bad Things Happen

to Good Paintings

As long as there has been art, there have been people not only stealing it but defacing and destroying it.


Our Mona Lisa team member Quinton Donleavy suggested we start posting stories about these mishaps.  We thought that was a great idea.  So here's our new continuing feature ART ATTACKS: When Bad Things Happen to Good Paintings

How Do You Say Klutz in Chinese?

London's The Guardian reports that a 12-year-old boy was at Taipei’s Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius exhibit, when he stumbled into the Paolo Porpora painting—350 years old, worth roughly $1.5 million.  Take a look.




OK, he should have been watching where he was going, but who wasn't accident-prone when they were 12?  It's tough to blame the kid for being clumsy, but let's face it, the museum could have set up a little more secure stanchion.





The good news is, the museum is not going to make the kid or his parents pay for the damage.


The painting was insured.


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