Can you imagine walking into a building stuffed to the brim with priceless treasures, knowing that at any second your child could somehow find a way to destroy something? It’s the stuff of nightmares for parents who take their kids to museums, and unfortunately, one mom saw this nightmare come to life.
While at the Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius exhibition in Taiwan a 12-year-old boy, who was there with his mom, stumbled and then broke his fall with a 350-year-old painting.
The whole incident, caught on surveillance tape, shows the poor Taiwanese kid lose his footing while starring off at a guide. With mere seconds to think, he decides that instead of falling directly into a Paolo Porpora painting (and destroying it completely), he would use his fist as a sort of buffer–and it works. Organizers of the exhibit say they can cover up the fist-sized hole in the $2 million painting and that the boy’s family will not have to pay for restoration costs.
According to Focus Taiwan, “exhibition organiser, Sun Chi-hsuan, said the boy was very nervous but should not be blamed and the painting, part of a private collection, was insured.”
Phew, so it looks like he really got away with it. Now, our main question is: Who in the world let him walk into a museum with a beverage?!