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Organizer denies questions over who painted damaged artwork

Organizer denies questions over who painted damaged artwork

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.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).
Later in the day, however, Taiwan's Apple Daily reported a PTT Bulletin Board post in which an Internet user showed information for a painting up for auction titled "Composizione con vaso di fiori" that looks nearly identical to the damaged painting.
The artist was identified as 17th-century Italian painter Mario Nuzzi.
The painting by Nuzzi was shown being put up twice for auction in 2012 by auction house Della Rocca Casa d'Aste, but the painting went unsold, according to Della Rocca Casa d'Aste's website and the Blouin Art Sales Index.
The approximate value of the painting shown in the auction house's catalogue was 25,000 to 30,000 euros.
When contacted by CNA Monday evening, Sun Chi-hsuan (David Sun), the head of TST Art of Discovery Co., was clearly exasperated after fielding calls from several media about the similarity of the Nuzzi painting and the one on exhibit in Taipei. He insisted that the two paintings were different.
"There is nothing to respond to. Of course they are different," said Sun, who did not explain how the paintings were different, saying it would be inappropriate for him to respond because he is not an art expert.
"We welcome any visitor who questions the painting to ask the professionals and our art appraiser at the exhibition venue," Sun said, referring to Andrea Rossi, curator of the exhibition, and Leo Tsai, a Taiwanese fine art restorer who is working on restoring the damaged painting. Rossi was not made available to the media because he was busy fixing the painting. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-29 05:11 GMT+08:00