Boy falls into 350-year-old painting

TAIPEI, Taiwan (NBC News) A 12-year-old boy accidentally damaged a 350-year-old painting at an exhibition in Taiwan over the weekend.

paintingAccorting to TST Art of Discovery Co., which co-organized the exhibition, the boy tripped and caught his balance by pushing against a 17th-centrury oil on canvas painting, reported to be by the Italian master Paolo Porpora.

The head of the company said “The boy’s hand made contact with the artwork and left a hole the size of a fist.”

He claims the painting is Porpora’s “Flowers” and is worth more than one million dollars.

A Taiwanese art specialist was called to help restore the painting. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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